On Sunday morning the RTE (1) broadcast of a Garda Commemoration Ecumenical Service touched the hearts of many. The 27 members of the Cork Garda Choir under Musical Director Ms. Marjorie Moran and accompanist Tim Fouhy were outstanding and a credit to An Garda Siochana. Leading clergymen Fr. Pat Stevenson, PP. Crosshaven, Co. Cork and Rev. David Pierpoint, Archdeacon of the Church of Ireland, remembered all deceased members of the force. They reminded us that (i) Death is Final; (ii) Friends can provide huge support to berieved families; (iii) Recalling a memories of the deceased can be helpful.
Uniform Gardai were involved with Readings from the Bible while retired members assisted with “Prayers of the Faithful”.
Sr. Nuala Reidy (Fermoy) recited a lovely parable of a large ship setting-out from Harbour as relatives remained on the Pier waving good-bye to a friend on a voyage to a foreign country. As the ship went out of sight, it looked like a “small spec” but the ship had not diminished in actual size. Then it disappeared completely out of view and those standing on the Pier shouted “she is gone “. However, on the other side of the globe, a “tiny spec”, a ribbon of white cloud was appearing on their horizon. Gradually, it got larger and larger and people on the Harbour Pier were shouting ” HERE SHE COMES”. The parable story reminds us of Hope and the Cycle of Life.
For the Reflection, Maureen Condon did a reading from Peig Sayers about her life on the Great Blaskets.
The Cork Garda Choir sang beautiful hymns throughout the 40 minute service.
The Cork Garda Choir was established in 1978 by members of the Garda Síochána in Cork City. Liam Harkin, one of the founding members is today actively involved with and promoting the choir. Chairman of the Cork Garda Choir is a retired Detective Garda Pat Farrell who gave all his service in Cork. Other retired members in the choir are Michael Tierney, Brendan Buckley, Eamonn Fitzgerald, John O’ Sullivan and Willie Dooley. Originally the choir consisted of serving Gardai but after a span of 36 years most are retired from the force. A few sons of former Gardai and five members of the Cork Prison Service, now help to make up the membership.
The Cork Garda Choir Committee wish to acknowledge the the marvellous service it received down through the years from former members of the choir. The committee also acknowledges the wonderful support it has received from St. Paul’s Garda Credit Union and the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) — Website