Season of goodwill: The Cork garda who helped save the children's Christmas concert

Season of goodwill: The Cork garda who helped save the children's Christmas concert
A CORK Garda is being lauded for his role in helping to avert disaster for a primary school in Montenotte.

A CORK Garda is being lauded for his role in helping to avert disaster for a primary school in Montenotte. 

Garda Enda Dwyer of Mayfield Garda Station helped transport the girls of St Patrick’s primary school after inclement weather put their Christmas concert in jeopardy.

The pupils were due to perform their carol concert in St Joseph's Church in Mayfield, but the day, unfortunately, coincided with Storm Elsa. 

With an orange weather warning bringing torrential rain from early morning, the concert was set to be cancelled.

“The pupils were due to walk to the church for their noon performance and would be returning to the church again that night for a 7pm performance,"  Acting Principal Yvonne Crosse told The Echo.

"Obviously, getting soaked and performing in soggy costumes was a recipe for ill-health! 

Garda Enda Dwyer of Mayfield Garda Station helped transport the girls of St Patrick’s primary school
Garda Enda Dwyer of Mayfield Garda Station helped transport the girls of St Patrick’s primary school

"We were faced with cancelling the carol concert for the first time in the history of the school."

Fortunately, thanks to the quick thinking of one teacher, along with a goodwill gesture, the crisis was averted.

“Luckily, one of the teachers thought of the Garda bus and through a Christmas miracle, the bus was available. 

"Garda Enda Dwyer of Mayfield Garda Station patiently ferried the whole school up to the church, an amazing feat that involved over 10 return trips and took nearly an hour and a half,” Yvonne explained.

Garda Dwyer eventually managed to drop all of the students off at the church and the performance was able to go ahead.

“Much to the delight of the waiting crowd of moms, dads, grannies and grandads, the show did go on... just a few minutes late.” 

This wasn’t the end to Garda Dwyer’s kindness as he returned to the church after the performance to transport the children back to the school. 

“We at St Patrick's would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Gardaí in Mayfield Garda station, and especially to Garda Enda Dwyer,” Yvonne added.

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