Cops battle gardaí at golf

A TEAM of police officers and FBI agents from America are set for a three-day battle with gardaí on the fairways, which will raise money for a Cork charity.

They arrived in Ireland yesterday, led by the first female commissioner of the Boston Police Department, Kathy O’Toole, who was only appointed to the office two weeks ago.

More than 50 law enforcement officers from the US made a courtesy call yesterday evening to Anglesea Street Garda Station, where they were met by Chief Superintendent Ray McAndrew.

They will begin three days of golfing at the Lee Valley club today. Local organiser Pat Hanlon said that the money raised from the event will go to the Cork-based charity, Childhood Cancer Trust.

“It will be played in a Ryder Cup format. We’ve been doing this for a few years now and we ultimately hope to make it a national event with a garda team taking on a US police team,” Garda Hanlon said.

The event will culminate with a major banquet at the Lee Valley Golf Club on Friday night.

Ms O’Toole is the 37th commissioner of the oldest police force in the US. Her forebears came from Athlone, Co Westmeath.

She has helped set up policing plans in Northern Ireland as part of the Peace Process and has previously worked in the private sector as a public safety and crisis-management consultant.

O’Toole, who lives in South Boston, said she was “overwhelmed with pride” at being chosen for her “dream job”.

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