Serious message behind fun night
ONE of the highlights of the local Christmas party season is always the the night organised by the Dundalk Gardai Community Policing Unit when more than 140 people enjoyed a meal and festive celebrations.
The Clans clubrooms was the venue for the now annual event, which was attended by Dundalk Superintendent Gerard Curley and Inspector Martin Beggy, along with head of the community policing unit, Sgt. Eugene Collins, and Gardai Paul Connolly, Caroline Hayes, Paul Burke, John Brady (juvenile liaison officer) and Tony O'Connell.
Members of the Red Cross were also in attendance.
Many of the people who attended the party were pensioners and vulnerable people, as well as those who have been crime victims. And behind the delicious food and the music and dancing, there was a serious side to the party.
Sgt. Collins said: 'Our Christmas party is important, particularly for those who are involved with community groups catering for the elderly as it keeps them in touch with us and with other organisations and it is a nice way for them to end the year.
'It is also an opportunity for us to call to see these people and touch base with them so that we can continue to emphasise the crime prevention message.
'In addition, it is a chance for older and vulnerable people to meet others and have social interaction, which is very important'.