GSRMA PROJECT SET TO CAPTURE THE HISTORY OF AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA

Mick Lernihan, GSRMA General Secretary, says that the title of their project – ‘Capturing Our History’ – is a fitting one, and will ensure that the contributions of current and retired members along with their families can be included.

Next year will be a very busy one for An Garda Síochána and the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) in celebrating the centenary since the foundation of the Force in 1922, and the GSRMA has put a project in place to document the first 100 years.

“As former members and including family members, we want the centenary of our founding to be celebrated in style. To this end the GSRMA, which number 6,000 members, has embarked on a project to record and document the first 100 years of An Garda Síochána,” according to Mick Lernihan, GSRMA General Secretary.

The General Secretary is asking readers of ‘Emergency Services Ireland’ to assist the GSRMA in capturing any memories, articles, photographs, or artefacts from those early days in An Garda Síochána that tells the story of policing in Ireland from 1922 onwards.

“This ambitious project will involve An Garda Síochána, the GSRMA and their families, and facilitates the gathering of material and recording the individual experiences of former members and their families. The end-product will be an oral history, a publication and other visual media,” Lernihan noted.

“The GSRMA is very much aware of the struggles, pain and sacrifices that successive Garda generations and their families have endured in their service to the Irish people – 89 of whom have given the ultimate sacrifice. The celebrations will be marked in a fitting way, in an Ireland which has changed utterly since those turbulent days surrounding 1922.”

Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) Officers pictured at Dublin Castle in 1922, following the foundation of the Force. (Pic courtesy of The Garda Museum).

“We are entitled to have our place in contemporary Irish history. This is our opportunity to be part of the living history of An Garda Síochána and to leave that legacy with those that will follow us in the decades and centuries to come,” he concluded.

If you wish to share any information or memorabilia, please contact GSRMA House at 5 Harrington Street, Dublin D08 AE6X or email 2022@gardaretired.com.