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‘I hope I lived my life treating people with as much dignity and respect as possible’

As retired local Garda Mick Toner turns 70, the Dundalk man talks to Alison Comyn about his poignant career in the traffic corp, mingling with the stars and of course his passion for soccer and Christmas lights!

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Mingling with Robbie Williams at Slane in 1999. Mick has met almost every headline act at the Meath venue from Queen and Bruce Springsteen to U2 and the Rolling Stones.

Mingling with Robbie Williams at Slane in 1999. Mick has met almost every headline act at the Meath venue from Queen and Bruce Springsteen to U2 and the Rolling Stones.

Garda Michael Toner passed out from Templemore in 1975.

Garda Michael Toner passed out from Templemore in 1975.

Mick and Margaret surrounded by their six grandchildren Esme, Holly, Tommy, Reuben, Molly and Lily Rose at his 70th birthday celebrations.

Mick and Margaret surrounded by their six grandchildren Esme, Holly, Tommy, Reuben, Molly and Lily Rose at his 70th birthday celebrations.

A young Mick Toner in primary school in Dundalk.

A young Mick Toner in primary school in Dundalk.

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Mingling with Robbie Williams at Slane in 1999. Mick has met almost every headline act at the Meath venue from Queen and Bruce Springsteen to U2 and the Rolling Stones.

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Three hours into a conversation with Mick Toner, it’s clear he should be writing a book about his adventures as a Garda, as a newspaper interview is not going to begin to do it justice.

From rubbing shoulders with Bono, Bruce Springsteen and Freddie Mercury, to comforting hundreds of grieving families or delivering babies in the back of cars, his dedication to his job is only matched by the love of his beloved Drogheda Town FC and his own family.


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