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reserve garda wins Europol photo prize
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Reserve garda Ciaran McGowan, who is the son of Acting Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan, has captured a top prize in an international law enforcement photo competition.

Ciaran (26) submitted a photo of a garda checkpoint targeting organised crime in Cork city, taken two years ago.

The image has now won third prize in Europol's competition, which this year attracted entries from talented photographers from across Europe and beyond.

Ciaran, whose father is Det Supt Jim McGowan, works full-time as a press photographer with the Collins agency.

Watched by his proud parents, he and 92 others graduated as reserve force officers at the Garda College in Templemore last December.

First prize was won by Austrian police officer Alfred Effenberger, for his photo of Alpine police training on a snowy mountainside, while runner -up was Italian police diver, Alessandro Grasso, for his shot from the School of Marshals in Rome. The three win a trip to the Netherlands, including a visit to Europol HQ.

http://m.independent.ie/irish-news/news/...46708.html
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It's a pretty cool picture alright...
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Class pix by him

What station he goes to will be interesting to see plus how he is accepted there
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commishes lad
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great pic
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He's a student now isn't he? I have a feeling that taking pictures of mules on duty and putting them into the public domain is normally a discipline offence
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(17-11-2014, 10:21 PM)ERU Wrote: He's a student now isn't he? I have a feeling that taking pictures of mules on duty and putting them into the public domain is normally a discipline offence

He's not a trainee for the full time if that's what you mean. 

Fair play on the pic, it's a good one.
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No? I thought he was in the last Batch
Often the sheep do not like the sheepdog,  until the wolf comes.  Then the sheep try to hide behind the sheepdog, begging for his protection.
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Didn't he not graduate with the reserves only in last few weeks??
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No he graduated last December. Teas in the papers.
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