Belfast Telegraph

Bridge named after tragic garda

Family and friends of an off-duty garda who died as he helped motorists made an emotional return to the scene as a bridge was named in his honour.

Garda Ciaran Jones was swept from the bridge at Ballysmuttan, Co Wicklow, as he tried to warn others about dangerous flood waters.

His grief-stricken parents John and Brenda, siblings Alan and Michelle, and girlfriend Clare Kennedy were supported by family and friends during a solemn service.

Mrs Jones clutched a photograph of her 25-year-old son and cried as tributes were paid to the young garda.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said he felt a huge sense of pride at the ceremony, coupled with a continuing sense of loss and sadness.

"I earnestly hope the memories of happy moments that you shared together will be of solace to you," he said.

"I am proud to have had Ciaran as a member of An Garda Siochana.

"His heroism and dedication have been recognised widely, both at home and abroad."

Commissioner Callinan said the love and support gardai get from family members were an immense source of support as officers go about their duty and protect communities.

"Unfortunately, however, garda families must also carry a burden of worry as loved ones face risk and dangers in their daily work," he added.

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