• Thu, Dec 04, 2008 @ 12:08

Up to 500 children from schools in the Dublin 8 area attended the annual Garda soccer match between Kevin Street Gardai and a team from Kilmainham Garda Station at Richmond Park yesterday.

Local school children from Golden Bridge, Bluebell, James St.,The Oblates, the Mercy Model School, Synge Street, St Audeon's, Francis Street, Scoil Treasa, Warrenmount and St Endas were all in attendance to watch a highly enjoyable and sporting game that finished one a piece.

Santa made an early Xmas appearance when he helped to give out the halftime raffle prizes along with the club's own Paddy the Panther.

While the Gardai from Kilmainham went on to win 5-4 on penalties day the result was n't too important as the day was all about introducing the children to another side of the gardai in the community.

Seeing the gardai at play in the St Pats colours rather than their blue uniform, receiving a St Pats goodie bag from a member of the force or simply cheering on the lads from their local station are all helping to build relations between the gardai and the younger members of the community.

St Pat's was delighted to play its part in the day by hosting the event. Special thanks must also go to the community gardai for organising the match, to all the schools, teachers and pupils for their support, to Dublin bus for helping to bring the children to and from Richmond Park and finally to Glanbia for so generously supplying milk drinks to all the young supporters at the match.

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