Galway Weekend with Michael Walsh

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Michael Walsh is the Garda Crime Prevention Officer for Galway and is based at the Regional HQ in Murrough.  He is a native of Co Galway and has spent 26 years in An Garda Síochána, having been previously based in Dublin and Tipperary.  The role of crime prevention is the endeavour to reduce and deter crime and criminals by tackling the risk factors that cause crime. 

Michael is passionate about promoting crime prevention methods and is currently compiling a thesis on the digital transformation of his work. Michael recently received an award for innovation from An Garda Síochána, and is a board member of the International Police Association which allows him to scope the world and harvest international best practice.

Are you an Apple or Android Person?
 I love my Apple Mac, iPad, and iPod, but for work compatibility, I have an android phone.

Presuming you had a signal, what 3 apps would you use on a desert island?
WhatsApp to keep in touch; Google Maps to find my way around the island/home; Twitter to keep up to date on what’s happening.

What’s your favourite place in the city?
Waterside, near the boat clubs (Woodquay area). Sitting on the bench looking at the river Corrib and the weir with the Cathedral as the backdrop.

Any hidden gem you would recommend for visitors to Galway?
Galway city museum – often overlooked

Where is your favourite place to grab a bite to eat?
Seven on Bridge Street – great pub grub and super friendly staff.

What pub would you go to for:
A quiet pint?
The Dew Drop

Watching a match?

The Quays

Any recommendations for a place to go on a first date?
Kai Restaurant

Favourite walk or hike in Galway?
Diamond Hill in the Connemara National Park

Most picturesque place in Galway?
Killary harbour area near Leanane.

What are you up to for the weekend?
Lighting up of the Christmas Lights in the city with my family on Friday evening from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. Park-Run Saturday morning, and probably study for by Business Degree for the rest of the weekend.

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