Deputy Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan took a rest from her daily duties as head of policing operations to play the role of a proud mother.
She took her place with other parents as her son, Ciaran McGowan, and 92 others graduated as reserve force officers at the Garda College in Templemore. Ciaran's father is Det Supt Jim McGowan and Ciaran works full time as a press photographer. Despite his job, he is publicity shy and left it to his mother to declare that he would like to become a member of the full-time force.
She said her own ambition for all of her children was that they pursued whatever they wanted to do.
The deputy commissioner, who joined the force in 1981, said the organisation was now more dynamic and diverse than when she signed up and that that was a good development.
Asked if she would worry for Ciaran, who has been assigned to Clontarf as a part-timer, she said, "in the same way that I worry for all of the men and women in the force".
She added: "It is a great organisation and we have always been lucky to have the support of the community."
The graduates included 22 women and were overall were comprised of Irish, Ukranian and Polish nationals.
They bring the overall strength of the reserve up to 1,290, including 183 in training.