100th Anniversary of Polish Police – Warsaw

IPA Ireland were proud to send President Conor O’ Higgins and Travel Secretary Ann Liston to the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the Polish Police Service, Policja, which took place on 16 August 2019 in Warsaw, Poland. Conor and Ann were guests of IPA Section Poland, and along with representatives of other invited National Sections, not only participated in the facilities, but held a number of informal meetings with Section Poland representatives to advance the excellent relationship between our two Countries. It is this close relationship that nurtures the IPA Ireland/Poland Police Exchange, which takes place again this year in October 2019. Polish Exchange 2019

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IPA Ireland/Poland Police Exchange 20 – 27 October 2019

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IPA Ireland is happy to announce that applications for the Polish Police Exchange Programme for 2019 are now open! Join our Policja colleagues from 20 – 27 October 2019 in Poland and gain an invaluable insight into frontline policing the Policja way! Applications must be received, via your Regional Secretary, at secretarygeneralipaireland@gmail.com by midnight Wednesday 11 September 2019

Click on these Links for more information

Criteria 2019

Poster 2019

IPA Skiing trip to Poland

A group of 16 IPA Ireland members from all around the country travelled to Poland for a skiing / sightseeing holiday and stayed over for six days, 04.03.2019 -10.03.2019.

(We advertised this trip a while ago here, click below to read the older post:)

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The trip was intense from the beginning and followed the busy schedule, which included visiting Wieliczka Salt Mine…

… Kraków city centre, including St. Mary’s basilica, surrounded by medieval architecture…

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… a visit to Wadowice, where Pope John Paul II was from…

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… a trip to Auschwitz Memorial and Museum…

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…meeting local IPA members from Nowy Targ…

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… and finally some skiing!

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Click here to view more photos from the trip on the Facebook page of the Polish IPA section Nowy Targ


The benefits of IPA Placement Programme – by Michał Sługocki, IPA Poland

Last October along with my fellow police officer Dariusz Barczyński from Jelenia Góra we had a fantastic opportunity to spend eleven days in Ireland.

It was planned and carried out thanks to IPA Placement Programme.

After landing at Dublin Airport we got picked up by uniformed Garda patrol who brought us to IPA House in Dublin.

We stayed in the Capital for three days and it was time  for exploring the city and visiting.

Thanks to local An Garda Siochana officers we had an interesting tour in Government building, and we also wandered around Court Houses.

We were also taken to Garda facilities to learn about the specificity of service in An Garda Siochana.

In one of the evenings we met with a group of Polish members of IPA Ireland, all  working on different posts in Garda, to exchange experience and compare policing in two countries.

On day four, thanks to a member of IPA Hiking Club Siobhan Ni Firbhisigh, we could admire a picturesque sights during a hike to Tory Hill. In the afternoon we headed to Kilkenny, where had the honour to meet IPA Ireland President Conor O’Higgins.

Mr President gave us a tour around town and told about town’s history. In the evening we enjoyed a night life in Kilkenny, as we got a Chance to visit several pubs with live music and taste some of the local beer.

Next day we went to Birr, where they met Grace Heffernan, IPA Ireland member who we hosted in Poland.

She showed us around Garda Station in Birr, where we met Superintendent Patrick O’Callaghan and IPA Ireland Secretary General Carlo Griffin.

Later we enjoyed beautiful gardens in Birr Castle. After that we headed for a trip to Tullamore and a visited a whiskey distillery Tullamore Dew.

In the evening we spent some time with local Garda officers and discussed police work over few pints.

On day six we were back to Dublin where we visited Guinness Storehouse and enjoyed the panoramic view of Dublin from the Gravity Bar. After that it was time to watch some game at the Aviva Stadium.

Before the match we could observe the briefing of Garda officers securing the soccer game between Ireland and Wales. 

 In the morning of day seven, Carlo Griffin took us to Irish West Coast, to Galway, where we stayed at IPA Apartment.

After an interesting tour around town with John O’Brien, we met IPA Ireland Vice President Michael Walsh, who showed us around one of the Garda stations in Galway.

In The evening, over a pint of Guinness, we were honoured with a membership in IPA Guinness Forum.

Next day we visited Garda College in Templemore, where we had the pleasure to meet with Chief Superintendent, had a tour around College facilities, and observed Garda Students practicing their foot drill.

The evening was an occasion for Garda Students to talk with us about the police work in Poland and the differences in training programme.

Another day in Templemore we spent on a hiking trip to Devil’s Bit and even the rain did not stop us from reaching the top. After a tiring day we met with members of IPA Ireland Gemma Grogan and Chris Verling.

Day ten was with Grace Heffernan who took us to a game of hurling and we could enjoy the dynamics of the fastest team sport in the world. Later we went to Birr, where we spent a nice last evening before returning home.

In the morning Grace drove us to Dublin, where, before boarding a plane, we enjoyed ourselves visiting Teelings Whiskey Distillery. 

It’s needless to say that the time spent in Ireland on IPA Placement Programme was a great adventure for us, which we will surely remember, as it was not only a chance to watch and learn about police work in a different country and to observe how IPA functions and is organized, but also, and mainly, a time spent on making new acquaintances and tightening the cooperation between two countries.

Servo per Amikeco!

Michał Sługocki, IPA Wrocław, Region Lower Silesia, Poland.

IPA Skiing Adventure Poland 2019

IPA National Skiing Trip to Nowy Targ

I.P.A. Ireland is proud to announce the National Skiing Trip to Nowy Targ, Poland

4th to 10th March, 2019

IPA National Skiing Trip to Nowy Targ
IPA National Skiing Trip to Nowy Targ



Departure will be from Dublin Airport to Krakow – Balice.

Accommodation is on a shared basis ( twin/triple ) half board, in Villa Joanna http://www.pokoje-joanna.pl/ in Bialka Tatrzanska.  This hotel is within walking distance to the ski station.  

Brief outline of Itinerary:

4/3/2019. Depart Dublin Airport RyanAir Flight FR2023 9.55 – 13.55

5/3/2019. Ski Slopes/Ski Lessons.

6/3/2019. Tour of Auschwitz/Brzezinka; Visit Wadowice – Tour of John Paul 11 Family Home Museum.

7/3/2019. Ski Slopes/ Ski Lessons.

8/3/2019. Tour of Salt Mines, in WieliczkaVisit to Krakow City.

9/3/2019.  Ski Slopes/Ski Lessons.

10/3/2019.  Depart Hotel for Transfer to Krakow – Balice Airport.                          

RyanAir Flight FR2024 08.05– 10.15

Price per person, €750.00 – Included in price is the following:-

Return flights ( check-in 10kg bag included. – please familiarize yourself with RyanAir Policy on baggage )

Accommodation – half board.

Airport Transfers.

Skiing Instructors/Ski Passes/Rental of Ski equipment for 3 days.( i.e. helmet, shoes, skis and poles )

Day Trip to Auschwitz.Brzezinka, Wadowice, Transfer by Coach, English Speaking Guide, Admission to Auschwitz, Dinner in Wadowice, Entrance to John Paul 11 Museum.

Day Trip to Wieliczka, Transfer by Coach, English Speaking Guide, Admission to the Salt Mines, Transfer to Krakow City, Walk around old town, Dinner, further sightseeing including Cathedral on Wawel Castle.

Limited Places – email me – ipatravelofficer@gmail.com to reserve your place.

Servo per Amikeco,

Ann Liston

National Travel Officer,

IPA Section Ireland