The man in the eye of the Garda uniform ‘story’ in Castleisland, Dan Lynch is well capable of the kind of satire which would have drawn a nod of approval from the late Frank Hall.
The shame is that his only outlet comes with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Then, he goes for it, hell for leather with his pithy, searing and deadly accurate portrayal of what’s making the news of the day.
News of the Day
Now, he’s the news of the day himself as his Sgt. Maurice McCabe float has made it as far as The Irish Times.
Over the years Dan has put his heart, soul and considerable talent into his St. Patrick’s Day enteries.
No one was ever spared and there was never any political bias in his presentations. The Northern Bank Robbery, the economic crash of 2008 and those responsible for it have all fallen under his critical gaze.
Garda Cap and Vest
The Garda cap and vest episode does carry a seriousness with it beyond what was intended as a prop in the great, local community event.
A local Garda source confirmed that an investigation will have to be carried out to establish the sourcing of the authentic Garda gear.
The Northern Conflict
“Maybe not so much now, but there was a time during the ‘northern conflict’ that stuff like that had to be accounted for and kept under lock and key. I may be old fashioned but I still do that as a matter of course.
“It’s a pity it had to come to this but Garda issue clothing is state property cannot be given out in this manner. It has fallen into the wrong hands down through the years and with criminal consequences,” said the member of the force.
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