GARDA BALL: Announcing details of this year’s Garda Ball Black Tie event were: Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster, Superintendent Flor Murphy, Vera O’Leary (Director of the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre), Detective Inspector Paul Kennedy, Sergeant Dermot O’Connell and James O’Connor (Killarney Oaks). Photo: Michelle Crean


By Michelle Crean

It’s out of the blue uniforms and time to get into the glitzy gear for members of An Garda Siochana – as details of this year’s Garda Black Tie Gala Ball have been announced.

The Killarney Oaks Hotel on Friday, October 4 is the place to be for a champagne and canapé reception from 6.30pm, followed by a five course sit down meal.

And the event is open to the public with proceeds of this year’s event going to the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre.

The Kerry Division of An Garda Siochana, under the direction of Chief Superintendent Eileen Foster, are delighted to be hosting a Black Tie Gala Ball, explained Garda Gillian MacEoin, who is helping to organise the event.

“Last year’s Garda Ball was such a success that we had profits left over which we donated to the Kerry Mountain Rescue and the Kerry/Cork Cancer Link Bus.

“This year we have chosen to nominate the Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre as the beneficiary of our ball. All profits made from ticket sales for this year will go to this centre.”

The wonderfully entertaining ‘The Bentley Boys Band’ will have everyone on their feet after the meal, dancing into the night, she added.

The Kerry Garda Dress Dance used to be a yearly event spanning decades, and the Kerry Division resurrected it last year.

“Last year’s ball was such a fabulous success so this year’s gala ball is expected to be no different. We have fabulous spot prizes, kindly donated by many businesses in Kerry, and we will have a professional photographer on hand that night to capture all the glitz and glamour. All guests will then be given a professional photograph of themselves at the ball as a keepsake.”

Tickets are priced at €70 each and are available from any of the Kerry Garda Black Tie Gala Ball committee members in any Garda Station in Kerry.