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An Garda Siochana Open Day to celebrate 100 years taking place Friday, June 17

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An Garda Siochana Open Day – Retired member Sean Brennan and Chief Superintendent Gerard Roche pictured above.

The an Garda Siochana Open Day will offer the public a chance to learn about the behind the scenes of policing

By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue

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Members of Limerick Garda Division taking part in the St Patricks Day Parade.

An Garda Siochana Open Day will be taking place at the Henry Street Garda Station on Friday, June 17 at 5 pm to offer a behind the scenes look at policing.


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The open day will offer members of the public a chance to view the station by appointment. Members from a number of specialist units will be on-site for the open day to engage and talk to visitors about what they do on a daily basis.

An Garda Siochana Open Day is among a series of events hosted by An Garda Siochana to commemorate 100 years since the formation of the Civic Guards in February 1922 which was later renamed An Garda Siochana.

To celebrate 100 years, a National Centenary Planning Committee, as well as several sub-committees and Divisional Centenary Committees, have worked together to plan and deliver a wide, inclusive programme of events to engage the community it serves in a unique way.

The Divisional Centenary Ceremonial Unit led a number of Gardai and Garda staff throughout the streets for the Limerick St. Patricks Day parade, a special event as it was the first of its kind.

The centenary events are divided into three districts Henry Street and Roxboro Road, Newcastle West and Bruff.

Henry Street and Roxboro Road District will host a policing exhibition at the Istrabraq Hall from Monday, September 19 until Monday, October 3. A concert will also take place at the St. Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Cathedral on Friday, July 15.

The Newcastle West District will offer a re-enactment of Gardai arriving in the Newcastle West on Friday, November 18. A medal/coin ceremony will take place after the re-enactment at the Newcastle West library. From November 18, a policing exhibition will also take place in the library.

In Adare, a re-enactment of the first court sitting will take place on Saturday, November 19 in a public house with a restored courtroom.

A Bruff District open day will take place at Bruff Garda Station on Wednesday, October 5 followed by a medal/coin ceremony for serving members, garda staff and retired members. A policing exhibition will take place for two weeks on Wednesday, September 21.

The series of events will offer members of the public an excellent way to see the behind the scenes of policing and offer an interesting insight into the history of An Garda Siochana.

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