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The guards* — Irish police officers


  • The difference between the gardaí and the Kaiser Chiefs...


  • "They're only kids" — but the guards don't go back there....


  • "With all due respect for the uniform" — an apocryphal if not imaginary old law...


  • Snagged by immigration control on my last day in Ireland (after most of a decade) — well, second-to-last, really....


* An Garda Síochána is the official name of "The Guardians of the Peace," the national policing body. Officers are gardaí (in plural,) or garda (in singular) — but colloquially "the guards" and "a guard."

The root is one of only a few Gaelic Irish words that remain in common use.


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