Monday 11 December 2017

Meet Ceejay McArdle (3) Ireland's youngest garda

Ceejay McArdle (3) on Today with Maura and Dáithí
Ceejay McArdle (3) on Today with Maura and Dáithí Newsdesk Newsdesk

Meet Ceejay McArdle - Ireland's youngest garda who takes his job very seriously indeed.

Just ask Dáithí O'Se, who'll be subjected to the short arm of the law on tomorrow's Today with Maura and Dáithí. His crime? Not eating his vegetables, according to Ceejay McArdle who busted him on TV

The youngster (3) dreams of joining the gardai when he grows up.

When Ceejay was just two years of age, his mum Susan and Marcus got the news that every parent dreads - their son had leukaemia.

He was diagnosed after a three week period of suffering from temperature spikes and eventually he was diagnosed in September 2014.

He is now getting treatment at  Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda.

Despite the gruelling treatment, young Ceejay still wants to join the gardai and last year, he was made the youngest member of the force

His mum said: "We always had a strong connection with the gardai up in Castleblayney and he always sat on the wall of the house with his granddad watching patrol cars coming in and out of the station."

Last September, to help him through his chemotherapy, the Garda Relations Bureau decided to get an exemption to make him their youngest member on the force.

Ceejay’s wish to become a Garda became a reality when he visited Garda Headquarters with his parents Susan and Marcus as an official Garda Sergeant.

He was given a customised Garda uniform and his first duty was to conduct the Garda Band.  He has received the Garda Bravery medal engraved with “Our Hero – Ceejay McArdle” and regularly receives messages of goodwill from Gardai around the country, and from different forces around the world, such as the NYPD.

You can watch the full interview with his family below.



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