Garda Commissioner will be honoured in a public service award

A Garda commissioner who has stood up for heritage values will be awarded an award for his work.

Gardaí are also expected to honour a young man who went to a youth football match with a group of boys who were under the age of 11.

He has been hailed as a hero and a hero to a generation of young boys who could not have dreamed of getting to know a young garda.

Gartcawl Foyne, from Ballymore, Co Kildare, has been awarded an Independent Order of Merit for his bravery and commitment to his duty.

In 2011, he was appointed as the youngest Garda in the National Bureau of Investigation (NBIO) following the killing of a man on a footpath.

He was killed by a motorist who had been following the boy.

He was one of four people arrested in the case and, along with three other men, was convicted and sentenced to jail.

Mr Foyie said he felt “like I had been made for the role” and wanted to do something “that would help the young generation in the future”.

He said he has been working on behalf of young people for “a long time”.

Gardai in Co Kilda were on high alert after a series of attacks on members of the public, many of whom were young men.

The group of 11 boys in the game on the night Mr Foye died were aged between 14 and 16.

The young man, who has since turned 19, was approached by a group from the crowd at a game in Ballymac, Co Kilkenny, where he was with a few friends, and was asked to leave the field.

He had been playing soccer with his friends, one of whom he described as a “young, skinny, nice-looking” boy.

“I think he thought I was going to join him and then he went up to me and I was like ‘why are you joining us?’,” he said.

“He told me that there was a guy on the ground, I was just like ‘no, I don’t want to be a part of that’ and he just walked away.”

He got away and that’s when he started screaming and I just ran over and ran after him.

“The group left the field and Mr Foyle ran to his car and called for help.

The boy was not seriously injured, but was left with a broken jaw, a fractured cheekbone and a broken nose.

He has since moved to a care home for children with learning disabilities in Dublin.

His death has led to calls for Gardaí to be more vigilant, but a Garda spokesperson said it was important to remember “that most young people in our communities are not violent”.”

Most people who have been attacked by a person in our community do not become violent,” they said.”

The Garda is very aware of the fact that there are people who are not as well behaved or as well motivated as they should be.

“We take the safety of our young people very seriously and we make it a priority that those who are at risk are dealt with swiftly and humanely.”

Mr Foyle, a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, said he had always wanted to be an Garda and said he wanted to “keep doing the right thing”.

“I just hope that this award recognises the courage and the professionalism that I have shown,” he added.

“You can’t expect to be the best at everything.

You can only expect to do your best.”