Sunday 30 April 2017

Red Rock's tough new cop makes her debut - but who is she?

Ash Cahill played by Leah Minto; Strictly embargoed until Monday 20th March; Red Rock airs Mondays at 9pm on TV3. Episode 22 - airs Monday 27th March 2017 at 9.00pm on TV3
Ash Cahill played by Leah Minto; Strictly embargoed until Monday 20th March; Red Rock airs Mondays at 9pm on TV3. Episode 22 - airs Monday 27th March 2017 at 9.00pm on TV3

Alan O'Keefe

There is a new face in the Red Rock Garda Station and she is ready for whatever is thrown at her.

Tonight viewers of the TV3 soap will meet newcomer to the series Garda Ash Cahill.

Played by theatre performer Leah Minto, Garda Ash is young and not that long wearing the blue uniform. But there is no way that this young garda is a pushover.

Gda Cahill is stepping into the role as Garda Sean Holden's new partner.

Her character is replacing Gda Holden's sorely missed best friend, Garda Adrijan Kosos who returned to Croatia a year ago when a head injury put him on permanent desk duty.

Speaking about her character, Minto said: "Ash is coming into Red Rock with barely a year of experience under her belt but with a real determination to assert herself.

"She's passionate about the job and I think she has these high expectations of being in action every day and chasing the criminals and getting the job done."

What Ash lacks in experience she makes up for in street smarts. She certainly has an affinity with the residents of the crime-ridden Ridge Estate of Red Rock because she is also from that world.

Her upbringing and young life has made her tough but has also given her more understanding of what their lives are like.

The young garda has a very different view of the residents than her colleagues, especially Paudge.

The series' writers have ensured Gda Cahill is a bit of a wind-up merchant too and her new partner, Sean, is easy bait.

Needless to say, they get off on the wrong foot almost immediately in tonight's show.

"Ash is cheeky and has a bit of a mouth on her," said Minto.

"She hasn't really adapted the composure of a guard just yet; which makes it all the more fun for me to play her."

Minto appeared in the successful Irish film What Richard Did in 2012, directed by Lenny Abrahamson, in which she played the part of Lara's friend.

In 2015, she was seen in three episodes of TV mini-series Rapt which was a sci-fi drama set in Dublin where, in a single instant, everyone has vanished.

Everyone, that is, but paramedic and single mum Ange Smith, who finds herself alone in an empty world and desperate to get home to her baby daughter.

In Rapt, the plot included the scenario that the world is not as empty as she might have thought - strange and dangerous forces were on the prowl. Minto played the part of Martina in the series.

Red Rock airs on TV3 at 9pm tonight.

Herald

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