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We asked Tomas Flanagan from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

Tomas Flanagan

Occupational Therapist

St. Michael's House

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Tomas Flanagan

I would advise anyone interested in Occupational Therapy to read up on the profession or else try to meet a qualified Occupational Therapist and talk to them about their work.

The internet can be a great resource in getting information. Also information from the universities might indicate if this is a course that is suited to you. A lot of the course work relies on you being a self-directed learner. This makes the course different to other more mainstream/academic courses as the onus is on the student to complete a lot of work independently.

As this is a caring profession an interest in working with people is a must. You also need to be a good communicator as you will be working closely with clients, families and other staff on an ongoing basis.

Organisational skills are essential to enable you to manage a caseload.

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Ag obair le Pobail chun iad a chosaint agus chun freastal orthu.
Working with Communities to Protect and Serve.

Ag obair le Pobail chun iad a chosaint agus chun freastal orthu.
Working with Communities to Protect and Serve.

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"Muna bhfuil Gaeilge ar bith ag na Gardaí ní bheidh siad in ann caint lena daoine sean sa ghaelteacht nach bhfuil Bearla ar bith acu.  "
Garda Trainee
Aoife O'Malley
"I could be doing anything from preserving a crime scence to questioning prisoners I have arrested."
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Bru Amerlynck
"Do voluntary work, help your community whether it be community alert or your local GAA club getting involved is the bast way you can prepare. "
Garda Trainee
Aishling Butler
"The job means seeing people at their worst in the most difficult circumstances and making life changing decisions. "
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Emilia Gilroy
"If you are a minority group in Ireland thinking about joining An Garda Síochána - Go for it!"
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Nan Hu
"People sometimes see the Gardaí as disciplinarians but in a lot of situations we help people who are very emotional and vulnerable."
Probationer Garda
Peter Clifford
"To be a Guard you need common sense and some life experience, because the role we have effects peoples lives greatly."
Garda Sergeant
Marianne Cusack
"I was seven years waiting to get in, it's hard to describe how good it felt."
Garda Trainee
Mark Spain
"I love that more often than not I get to work outdoors and meet so many different characters."
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Niamh Briggs
"There are a lot of cases where being a woman in An Garda Síochána is sometimes required such as dealing with female victims. "
Detective Sergeant
Martha Francis
"You can deal with a lot of people from disadvantaged areas so it's important to be able to break down the barriers between them and the uniform."
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Adam Nolan
"I was a Garda Reserve for a year and a half, there is no better way to get an insight into the job."
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Jack McGovern
"If you spend time in the Garda Reserve you know you won't drop out of the full time force."
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Steven Kilgannon

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For information on the Garda Reserve, click here 



Video: A Day in the Life of a Trainee Garda 

Meet Vanessa Crowley and Tal Elliot as they take you on a tour of Templemore Garda College and give you an insight into a typical day as a trainee Garda. 

An Garda Síochána is the national police service of Ireland. The Mission of An Garda Síochána is Working with Communities to Protect and Serve. The Headquarters of An Garda Síochána is based in the Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.

An Garda Síochána has a long established tradition of working closely with communities all across Ireland. By fostering and maintaining effective community partnerships, and ensuring a more visible Garda presence, An Garda Síochána works to achieve a reduction in crime and the fear of crime in communities.

The general direction and control of An Garda Síochána is the responsibility of the Garda Commissioner who is appointed by the Government. The Commissioner is responsible to the Minister for Justice and Equality who in turn is accountable to the Government for the security and policing of the State.

The Commissioner is assisted by two Deputy Commissioners and a Chief Administrative Officer. In addition, there are a number of Assistant Commissioners in command of Regions with others who have responsibility for critical portfolios such as Crime and Security, National Support Services, Traffic and Organisation Development and Strategic Planning.

There are also a number of Civilian Executive Directors with responsibility for Human Resource and People Development, Finance and Services, and Information and Communications Technology.

An Garda Síochána is a community based organisation with over 14,500 Garda and Civilian employees. It has police officers located in every county in Ireland, listening to, acting and working with the community.




Some of An Garda Síochána’s core functions include:

  • the detection and prevention of crime;
  • ensuring our nation’s security;
  • reducing the incidence of fatal and serious injuries on our roads and improving road safety;
  • working with communities to prevent anti-social behaviour;
  • promoting an inter-agency approach to problem solving and improving the overall quality of life.

The ranks within An Garda Síochána in descending order are:

  • Commissioner
  • Deputy Commissioner
  • Assistant Commissioner
  • Chief Superintendent
  • Superintendent
  • Inspector
  • Sergeant
  • Garda / Reserve Garda

The Organisation is structured on a regional basis, of which there are six. Each Region is sub-divided into Divisions, each under the responsibility of a Chief Superintendent. Each Division is sub-divided into Districts with a Superintendent in charge. There are 28 Divisions and 96 Districts in the State.

For information on the Garda Reserveclick here