Ireland's youngest Garda Ceejay McArdle (3) to join the force at Templemore graduation today
Published 08/06/2016 | 02:30
At three years of age, Ceejay McArdle is about to become the youngest member of the gardaí.
Today the youngster, who is fighting childhood leukaemia, will join the latest group graduating from the Garda training college in Templemore.
Ceejay, who wants to be a member of the force when he grows up, has had his uniform pressed ahead of his big day.
"We are very proud of him," said his mum Susan Brown and his dad Marcus McArdle.
Since meeting Garda Sergeant Derek Rochford, from his hometown of Castleblayney in Co Monaghan, Ceejay has been fascinated with the gardaí.
"Every parent's dream is to watch their child grow up and graduate; we just never dreamt in a million years our special little boy would be graduating just five days off his fourth birthday," Susan said. "Ceejay was asked recently was he going to be a garda when he grew up, to which he replied 'eh, I am a Garda already'."
Ceejay is expected to receive a certificate from Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan.