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Saturday 25 March 2017

Retiring Dub in Duhallow is here to stay

MARIA HERLIHY

A DUBLIN native who has worked in Duhallow as a Garda for the past three decades will hang up his hat on Tuesday.

But despite being a 'Dub in Duhallow' Garda Alan Bell told The Corkman he wouldn't change a thing.

"I love rural Ireland and am well settled after 30 years being here," he said.

For just shy of six years, he was working in the scenes of crime unit, which brought him all over the Cork west division, which brought him to many gruelling scenes of crime. He described the work as "very challenging" but it also brought great rewards.

"It was without question very interesting work, as I was working at fingerprinting, DNA and it was very technical and very specific work," he said.

He will officially hang up his hat on Tuesday, January 29. He has a lot of plans for the future and said he would love to learn Spanish and do a course in computer graphics.

He is very passionate about wood turning and recreated the 1916 Proclamation, in wood, to four times its original size - a piece of work that took in excess of 400 hours to complete.

He described himself as "self taught," and also has an interest in crafts.

Garda Bell will be joined by family, friends and colleagues at Scully's bar, Newmarket on Saturday, January 26 for a retirement shindig.

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