Special recognition award for Mullingar-based garda

Story by Paul Hughes

Friday, 30th November, 2018 10:43am

Special recognition award for Mullingar-based garda

Brian Willoughby

Mullingar-based Detective Sergeant Brian Willoughby is to be conferred with a special honour at the annual sports awards of An Garda Síochána’s sporting organisation, Coiste Siamsa, which take place in Mullingar tonight (Friday).

The 29th annual Coiste Siamsa Garda Sportstar Awards will be held at the Bloomfield House Hotel on Friday night.

A native of Co. Waterford, Brian moved to Mullingar as a garda in 1986, and as well as being involved in various sports at local level, has put decades of work into the promotion of garda sports activities at national level.

“He has been a GAA representative at National level for many years,” reads the citation for Brian’s Special Contribution Award. “He has coordinated national Garda Gaelic Football competitions and is the driving force behind the annual Garda vs Defence Forces challenge games.”

In May of this year, Brian, along with retired detective Noel Hynes, published ‘Guardians of the GAA’ – a history of An Garda Síochána’s involvement with Gaelic games.

“The book is a celebration of the organisation at its best – engaging with the community and producing role models and heroes,” concludes the citation.

Also up for awards tonight are gardaí David Mansfield (athletics), Eve McCrystal (cycling), Clodagh Kiernan (swimming), Colin Murray (basketball), Leanne McCarthy (triathlon) and Ken McDonald (rowing).

Rower Mick Ryan is up for the Hall of Fame award, while the Garda fly fishing team (winners of back-to-back Five National International fly fishing titles) and the Garda soccer team (third place at the 2018 USPE European Police Soccer Championships) are up for Team of the Year awards.

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