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Tuesday 18 June 2019

'He's a real little warrior' - Gardaí welcome their newest two-year-old member to the force

Detective Quish has been adored by over 94,000 people online.

Noah Quish
Noah Quish

Callum Lavery

An Garda Siochana announced the newest member of the force on Twitter yesterday - two-year-old Noah Quish from Monaleen Co. Limerick.

Little Noah was pictured suited and booted at the Little Heart Warriors Day Out at Dreamland, Co. Limerick by his mother, Una.

Since then, the image has been shared on the Garda Info twitter page and has been viewed over 94,000 times. The post said:

"An Garda Síochána would like to welcome our new recruit Noah Quish, aged 2 years from Monaleen, in Limerick.

"He is a real little warrior who is fighting his illness and still has a smile on his face.  Great to see Noah working hard...."

Noah, who was born with a hole in his heart and has since been diagnosed with severe scoliosis has been a big hit on twitter, attracting the affection of many users.

After he was born, his mother Una, noticed problems with Noah's health when he was unable to gain weight.

"One night I couldn't wake him and I thought he had gone, so I knew something wasn't right.

"I went to the hospital frantic as this was going on a few weeks, the doctors heard a tiny heart murmer.

"We went to the cardiologist who told us that Noah has an atrial septal defect and had a very large hole in his hear that would require surgery."

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Noah Quish

Once moved to Crumlin Chilldren's hospital, Noah underwent an open heart surgery at only four months old and had airway surgery two weeks later. He will require more surgery in the future.

Noah is fed through a feeding tube and since been diagnosed with scoliosis.

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Noah Quish

Lately however, Una says that her son is "the happiest boy around and is doing great otherwise," and that seeing the comments on the post has been "absolutely heartwarming."

“It has been amazing, absolutely heartwarming, it’s so great to see," Una told

“It was so lovely reading all the comments this morning, they were all really supportive.”

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Noah Quish with his family

A spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said that after hearing about Noah from his Mum efforts are being made to bring him onto the force.

"Noah’s mother, Una sent us in a lovely photos of her son at an event for little heart warriors in Co Limerick as she knew it this would put a smile on our faces.

"She emailed the Garda Press Office with this caption ‘Little Noah Quish wants to join the forces, his previous experience is battling serious illness and having numerous life savings surgeries and still continues to defy all odds.’

"His local Superintendent, Derek Smart has arranged to have Noah’s Garda colleagues call out to the house to pay him a visit over the next few days.

"From all of us in An Garda Síochána, we wish Garda Noah a speedy recovery!"

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