Fireman’s holiday for this New York visitor

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The crew at Clifden fire station were delighted to welcome New York firefighter Patrick Mc Ginley recently, who visited the station as part of a trip to Connemara with his wife Diana. Patrick’s home fire station is called FDNY Engine 23, and is based at 15 West 58 in New York.

It is more popularly known as ‘the Lion’s Den’ because, according to local legend, many years ago a stone lion ambled down the street and parked itself outside the station, where it has been ever since.

Patrick (right), who was welcomed to Clifden station by Brendan Mullen, was amazed by the size of the catchment area serviced by the Clifden unit, and was impressed at the quality of the building and the first class equipment.

He presented the station with some Engine 23 T-shirts as a thank you for the visit.

Patrick has strong Irish roots and this was his first visit to the country. He stayed in Renvyle and was most impressed by the beauty and wilderness of Connemara.

‘I wasn’t bothered by the weather because I was really taken by the beauty of the place, especially all those green colours. But one of the highlights of the trip for me was the visit to the local fire station in Clifden.’