6 May 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

A series of events will take place in Co Monaghan from September to November this year to mark the centenary of the formation of An Garda Síochána. The programme – which will include a series of Open Days, a presentation of medals to all serving and retired members of the force in the county, the unveiling of a number of memorial plaques and a major academic conference – was detailed by Garda Superintendent Pat O’Connell to an event organised by the Monaghan Branch of the Gardaí’s Retired Members Association in Monaghan Town’s Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday last.

The first local event of the centenary calendar, the occasion saw presentations made to family members of some of the first Gardaí to be stationed in Co Monaghan between 1922 to 1925 (see story and photographs inside this week’s issue). Superintendent O’Connell told Thursday’s event that he was delighted and privileged to be with the members of the association and to see so many friends that he had worked with looking fit and well after such a tough period with the Covid-19 pandemic. Noting that he had been nominated as the Chairperson of the Centenary Planning Committee in Cavan/Monaghan, the Superintendent acknowledged the contribution being made to the centenary preparations by members of the Retired Members Association such as Eamon White and John Travers.

He referred to the background work undertaken in preparation for the centenary event in Carrickmacross in September in which Monaghan Co Museum ….

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