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The event reminds us of the arrival of An Garda Síochána in Cork 100 years ago

The event reminds us of the arrival of An Garda Síochána in Cork 100 years ago

The city’s top officers on Wednesday recalled the arrival of the first members of An Garda Síochána in Cork 100 years ago.

Cork City Department Head Tom Myers paid tribute to both former and current members as he invited Assistant Commissioner Eileen Foster to unveil a plaque at the Cork School of Music on Union Quay where the first Gardy was stacked upon their arrival in Cork a century ago.

“On November 9, 1922, 60 civilian guards commanded by Sobte Eamon B. Cullen arrived in Cork from Dublin aboard the steamer Lady Carlo. They were assembled in the music school building here next to the destroyed RIC station which had been burned down on August 10, 1922.”

Supt Myers chief noted that Michael Collins, who spent his last night at the nearby Imperial Hotel, highlighted the importance of the fledgling country bringing members of the Civil Guard onto the streets of Cork in what proved to be the last entry in his notebook before him. Death in Biel na Plath.

Collins wrote – ‘It would be great to have civil guards here (Cork) and Limerick – urgent civil administration everywhere in the south. “People are great,” said President Supt Myers, noting that the Cork Examiner also welcomed the force in an editorial on November 10.

“The establishment of the Civil Guard is a direct result of Irish freedom, and the people have to show that they value that freedom by supporting the body that was created to keep the peace. The arrival of the Civil Guard was greatly welcomed by the citizens.

President Supt Myers noted that the formation of the Civil Guard, later renamed An Garda Síochána na hÉireann on August 8, 1923, was an important milestone for an organization that had evolved over 100 years into a modern, functional police and security service.

This is the cornerstone of a democratic and progressive society. We have a proud tradition of supporting our communities, protecting the state and on the international stage through our peacekeeping roles.”

After Mrs. Foster unveiled the painting, a large group of officers in uniform and civilian clothes, led by the Garda Division, marched to Cork Garda headquarters on Anglicia Street where Sobt John Daisy unveiled a painting of the members who had died in the Army’s row. duty.

Commander Sopt Myers read the honor roll, remembering all six members of the force who died while serving in Cork, including First Officer, Staff Sergeant James Fitzsimmons, 23, who was shot when armed assailants attacked St Luke’s Garda Station in Cork on November 14, 1926. .

Also remember Gda Eugene McCarthy (age 25), who drowned in the Lee River on January 8, 1933, after saving a man from the water at George’s Quay and Det Garda John Roche (34), shot dead by a gunman on Patrick Street on January 3, 1940, when he approached He and his colleagues questioned him.

Other officers who were recently killed in the line of duty are also remembered, including 28-year-old Gda James Doody, who was killed when his patrol car collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Glasheen Road and Wilton Road on January 7, 1973.

The latest victims are Gda George Rice (44) and Gda Seamus McIntyre (29) who were killed when their car collided with another vehicle on the North Ring Road on April 22, 2001. They are also remembered by Chief Supt Myers.

“Today it is with great sadness that we remember all 89 members of An Garda Síochána, who made the utmost sacrifice for the people of Ireland on its centenary. Their deaths will never be forgotten by a very thankful and appreciative organization and community,” he said.

After The Last Post by bugler Gda Charles Kavanagh, the concert was concluded by Garda, under conductor Insp Pat Kenny, when they played Amhrán na bhFiann to an attendance of 500 or so members, including current and former members and their families.

Subsequently, the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Deirdre Forde hosted a reception for the members of An Garda Síochána at nearby Cork City Hall where she praised the force for their professionalism and selfless service to the people of Cork over the past 100 years.


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