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Tony davis

Thursday, 16th January, 2014 12:00am

With a stellar career in sport, TV and in the  gardaí, Crime Prevention Officer Tony Davis is a force to be reckoned with.

"All my life I have been involved in the GAA; as soon as I could walk I have been playing football. I have been involved in all levels and been a part of a number of successful teams," the veteran sportsman says.

"We were very lucky," Tony said about the O'Donovan Rossa squad in Skibbereen, "it was a group of people who came together and were pretty handy. We had considerable success. We had a good outfit."

Tony says the years playing for Skibbereen and for Cork were the best years of his life with his best memory being winning a Cork Senior Football Championship medal for Skibb club O'Donovan Rossa  in 1993.

"It was the first time it had ever been done, it was a great achievement and I was playing with friends, my three brothers and my neighbours; it was a very personal thing," he says.

From his involvement in the GAA, Tony was gradually drawn to join An  Garda Síochána. "A lot of our coaches in Skibbereen were guards, and they were pretty decent role models so a lot of us on the team joined the gardaí."

Tony joined the force in 1983 and worked as a detective covering crime across Cork city for 13 years. "It was fantastic, It was a very hard work but it was very rewarding and I had great interest in it, so I enjoyed it."

Following his career as a detective Tony was moved to Templemore to teach communications, which he did for two years before coming back to Cork and taking up the position of Crime Prevention Officer for the city.

Tony says his work as a Crime Prevention Officer is very rewarding. "It sounds like a cliche but you can make a difference, you meet people in real trouble and you guide them at a time when they are most vulnerable."

Away from home, Tony worked on  RTÉ  for the past 19 years as a commentator and analyst for the popular sports show 'The Sunday Game'.

It was something he fell into after his accomplished career as a player.

"It was a great experience, very exciting and always interesting. I would be a bit nervous before going on but you get used to it. Live TV can be a bit daunting, there is no excuses, you are totally exposed.

"The most important thing is to be prepared. As long as you know your topic you will be fine."

Tony gave up appearing on the show last year due to the need to focus on other aspects of his life such as family. "It was very demanding and the travel was hard. I just didn't have time for it anymore."

From his time on the show, Tony says his favourite analyst was former Meath player Colm O'Rourke. "He is not sensational, he is very rational, sound and solid.

"Nowadays people say things to get attention and they forget that GAA is an amateur sport, these boys do it for nothing," he adds.

Name: Tony Davis

Location: Cork city

Occupation: Crime Prevention Officer

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