Eithne's book turns a page on garda history
WITH the curtain coming down on Wexford's crumbling garda barracks, historian Eithne Scallan has produced a booklet outlining the history of the gardai in the town since 1922.
The booklet, Guarding the Town since 1922 - The Story of the Garda Siochana in Wexford town, was launched by Cllr George Lawlor in Wexford Library last Thursday, in cooperation with Chief Superintendent John Roche.
Speaking at the launch, Cllr Lawlor said that today in Wexford the force interacts with a myriad of organisations within the community to the mutual benefit of all, groups such as the RNLI, Slaney Search and Rescue, the Civil Defence, Wexford Women's Refuge, and Ozanam House men's shelter.
'As chairman and an active volunteer with Wexford Marinewatch I see at first hand the commitment of today's members,' said Cllr Lawlor.
'I see their commitment to the community and its people sometimes when those people are at their most vulnerable moments. It has to be said that this commitment and community service appears never to be never subject to audit, scrutiny, political reference at Dáil Committees or under the glare of a camera phone but it happens day and night 356 days of the year.'
The new book is available at €10 at Wexford Wexford Book Centre.
In the introduction to the short work, Eithne says 'it emerges at a significant time of the new station at Mulgannon, as a reminder to the community of what we owe our local Garda Siochana in in Wexford town'.
'It is a reminder of the background history of the town, its architecture, its social services and the garda link to a variety of sporting and musical activities, apart from their official duties..early correspondence and comment were redolent of the sentiments of the day, and can be a reminder of how expectations have changed almost 100 years later'.
Wexford gardai have been based in Roche's Road since 1938, after a moved from George Street and Clarence House garda stations. The new barracks was referred to at the time as 'one of the most up-to-date in Ireland and all the guards are delighted with the change of quarters'.
Last Friday, the guards moved to their new headquarters in Mulgannon, however, a formal date for an official opening has still to be set, possibly early next year.