A GARDA officer has taken time out her busy schedule to tackle an altogether different kind of challenge.
Tralee Community Garda Mary Gardiner last week treated social media and the residents of Tonevane to a special video remake of the Tony Christie hit Amarillo.
The song enjoyed a renaissance of sorts 15 years ago thanks to Peter Kay, who recorded a special cameo-filled video raising money for Comic Relief.
Now Gardiner has followed his lead with a special garda-led remake of the classic clip, raising money for a very important cause.
The video has been put together for the Do It For Dan campaign, which is raising money for Dan Donoher, a brave one-year-old boy who requires treatment for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type One and Scoliosis.
The video was posted online alongside the caption: “We just never know what we will get involved in while on duty.
“Tralee Community Garda Mary Gardiner giving the Tonevane Residents a dig out raising money for hospitals as part of #FormalFriday & for the charity #DoitForDan
“#SocialDistancing Entertainment at it’s best!”
We just never know what we will get involved in while on duty.
Tralee Community Garda Mary Gardiner giving the Tonevane Residents a dig out raising money for hospitals as part of #FormalFriday & for the charity #DoitForDan#SocialDistancing Entertainment at it's best! pic.twitter.com/0SaHddwxBg
— Garda Info (@gardainfo) April 25, 2020
Their efforts have received a positive reaction online with many praising the officers for getting involved in the community with what is an important cause.
"Brilliant, love seeing the Guards getting involved in the community,” one person wrote.
“This is exactly what Ireland needs more of. Well done.”
Another said: “Fair play to her, she was brilliant and she got showered in a bucket of water too! Up the kingdom!
“Hope she got to Amarillo eventually!”
Anyone wishing to lend their support to the Do It For Dan campaign can do so here.