As many as 500 gardai from all divisions arrived in the town of the Four Masters on Monday night and Tuesday morning ensuring that every aspect of the town was thoroughly checked in advance of the Royal visit by Prince Charles.
The security influx in Donegal Town has an upside with dozens of hungry law enforcers being fed locally.
Ernan McGettigan of the Community Chamber said, “This is a great bonanza for the town. The presence of so many gardai is also a great boost from a business perspective. They are all in great form and with the good weather are even enquiring about their summer holidays in the area. There is a great sense of optimism in the town.”
The gardai are leaving nothing to chance. All refuse bins have been removed from the town centre and even the traffic meters have been thoroughly checked.
As well as the rank and file gardai, members of the armed response and anti-terrorism units are also in the town.
One local commented remarked, “They all have a serious job to do, but they are doing it in a good natured way. There is no heavy handed approach, they are checking everything that moves and rightly so.”
Meanwhile the community has pulled out all the stops to ensure that Donegal is looking its very best to a world audience - many buildings have received a spruce up during the last few weeks, flowers are blooming in window baskets and in the large planters around the Diamond.
* Our picture collage from Tuesday gives a flavour of the activity in Donegal Town.