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An Garda Siochana Limerick centenary celebrations offers events in both city and county

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An Garda Siochana Limerick – Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche, Retired Garda Séan Brennan with Insp Oliver Nally, Insp Sandra Heelan and Insp Ollie Kennedy.

Celebrations of the Garda Centenary will include exhibitions, re-enactments, a march and a mock crime scene

An Garda Siochana Limerick centenary celebrations offers events in both city and county
One of the many events will be a re-enactment in the historic Adare Courthouse.

An Garda Siochana Limerick centenary celebrations offer events in both the city and county to mark 100 Years of An Garda Síochána. Formed in the turbulent period between the War of Independence and the Civil War, An Garda Síochána had been tasked with restoring law and order in the new Irish Free State.

“There are national events but it’s very important that the anniversary is marked in every community and in every policing division in the country,” said Inspector Oliver Nally who is co-ordinating An Garda Siochana Limerick programme of events.

In Limerick city, a Garda Síochána Policing Exhibition is running at the Limerick City Council Building on Merchant’s Quay as part of the force’s Centenary celebrations this year until Friday, September 30 in Istabraq Hall (excluding weekends) and is open from 10am to 4pm daily.

This exhibition will display a number of old uniforms, information regarding the history of An Garda Síochána, a number of crime scene photographs relevant to Limerick, as well as a number of different artefacts and a mock “crime scene”.

A member of An Garda Síochána will be in attendance at the exhibition every day.

If any group of more than 15 is planning on attending, an email should be sent to [email protected] with the number of persons expected to attend so an appropriate time slot can be allocated.

In the Newcastle West and Adare area, a primary schools colouring competition will be held, beginning in mid-October.

A re-enactment will be staged in Newcastle West Town centre on November 18, beginning at 11.30am. The event will begin at the old Railway Station, where members will march from Bishops Court to Newcastle West Square, where a viewing area will be set up along the centre of the square for the public and guests.

Members will continue to march onto Maiden Street where the first Garda Station in the town was located. All present at the event will then be invited to move into Desmond Castle following the reenactment, where an open day will take place from 12pm, with memorabilia on display in the Castle.

In Bruff, an open day will be held at Bruff Garda Station on October 5, where a medal ceremony for serving members, Garda staff and retired members will also take place.

A Policing Exhibition will also be on display at Newcastle West Library from November 12 to 20.

In Adare, a re-enactment will be staged at the Adare Courthouse on November 19 at 12pm.

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