Shot Limerick garda on “long road” to recovery

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Garda Brian Hanrahan returned home at the weekend
A LIMERICK-based garda who was seriously injured after he was shot while on holidays in New Orleans says he hopes he will be able to return to normal in the coming months.

A LIMERICK-based garda who was seriously injured after he was shot while on holidays in New Orleans says he hopes he will be able to return to normal in the coming months.

Garda Hanrahan, 32, who is originally from Tipperary, but who is stationed in Newcastle West, had been on a holiday in the US with his father when the shooting occurred in the seventh ward area of the city.

Officers in the US believe that Garda Hanrahan was shot in a botched robbery attempt after he got money out of an ATM in the early hours of January 27, last. A number of arrests have been made.

In a statement issued through the Garda Press Office the married father-of-one, who returned home at the weekend, thanked all those in New Orleans who provided help and support over the past few weeks.

“I would like to thank all of the staff at LSU Hospital in New Orleans, they are an amazing team and I would not be here today without them. I would like to express my gratitude to the New Orleans Police Department, the Emerald Society and the people of New Orleans. Their kindness and generosity will never be forgotten both by me and my family. I would also like to thank the Irish Community both home and abroad for the many kind messages of support,” he said also thanking his colleagues in an Garda Siochana and the local community in Newcastle West.

“Obviously I have a long road ahead with pain management and rehabilitation but I am hopeful that these will be effective and I can get back to my normal life,” said Garda Hanrahan.

Full Statement of Garda Brian Hanrahan.

“I am now home and beginning to recuperate with the help of my family and friends. I would like to thank all of the staff at LSU Hospital in New Orleans, they are an amazing team and I would not be here today without them. I would like to express my gratitude to the New Orleans Police Department, the Emerald Society and the people of New Orleans. Their kindness and generosity will never be forgotten both by me and my family. I would also like to thank the Irish Community both home and abroad for the many kind messages of support.

Finally, I would like to thank my colleagues in An Garda Síochána and the amazing community in Newcastle West for their support and well wishes.

Obviously I have a long road ahead with pain management and rehabilitation but I am hopeful that these will be effective and I can get back to my normal life.

Myself and my family would be most grateful if our privacy could be respected at this time so I can concentrate fully on my recovery. I will not be providing any further media interviews.”