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The Gardai want a name for their new horse and Irish people have responded accordingly

By James Fenton

April 21, 2020 at 11:06am

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A new horse has joined the Garda Mounted Unit team and the Irish public have been called upon to help give the new guy a name.

The eight-year-old Irish draught gelding has completed his six-week trial and is ready to don the Garda uniform and serve the Irish public on a day-to-day basis. However, the new team member hasn't yet been named and the Gardai have asked for our help.

In a video posted on social media, the Gardai have asked the public to help come up with a name, in keeping with the tradition of naming the Mounted Unit horses after Irish mythological characters. For example, some of the others are called Setanta, Boru, Lir and Cullen.

Of course, most of the comments so far have ignored that one piece of criteria with Horsey McHorseface being suggested along with Forrest Jump, Covid and, em, Burger.

Naming the "mischievous and inquisitive" horse after Carol Baskin of Tiger King fame is another idea while Shergarda gave us a chuckle at least. We do also like the idea of a horse being called a regular human name like Andrew or Maurice.

There are plenty of other more appropriate suggestions such as Oisin, Fionn and Liath and if you want to add your idea to the mix, you can do so underneath the video below...

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