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McCarthy, Eugene


Name: McCarthy, Eugene


Reg No:7912

Station:Union Quay, Cork

Years of Service:2

Eugene McCarthy, born on 15th August, 1908, came from Durrus, Bantry, Co. Cork. He worked as a shoemaker before joining An Garda Síochána on 6th March, 1930. He also served at Glenbower, Co. Tipperary and Passage West, Cork. He was one of two brothers who served in An Garda Síochána. Garda McCarthy was single. 


On 8th January, 1933, a man fell into the river along George’s Quay, Cork. Garda McCarthy together with two local men was the first persons to arrive at the scene in a small rowing boat. In the course of the rescue Garda McCarthy and two local men succeeded in recovering the person onto the boat.  However in the process of transferring the casualty onto a larger motor launch, the boat overturned in the strong current and all four occupants were thrown into the water.  With the help of others present lifebuoys were dispatched and all except Garda McCarthy, who was a strong swimmer, were successfully rescued. His body was recovered a short time later.