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Given the year that’s in it, Greystones’ gardaí naturally found themselves making a lot more house calls than normal throughout 2020.

Those living alone are often the most vulnerable, and Sergeant Jennifer Carrick and the gang knew the importance of a regular visit from a friendly face.

That the boys and girls in blue would become pretty much friends with those they visited was perhaps inevitable, especially for those living in isolation. And so it was decided that a little Christmas gift from them to all those they visited was in order.

But what to give? Jennifer and fellow gardaí Maria Curtis and John Paul Connolly put their thinking caps on [well, it is regulation, after all] and came up with a cunning plan.

Christmas logs!

And when it came to making 150 of these little beauties, it was clear a little help might be needed. Which is where Newtownmountkennedy’s Men’s Shed came marching in. With plenty of members to lend a helping hand, those 150 Christmas logs were soon winging their way to Greystones Garda Station, and on to all those prized and surprised locals.

Giving to others is what the festive season is all about, of course, and so, all we can say is, it’s a fair cop. In fact, a whole station full of fair cops.

Main pics by John McGowan