Gardaí in Midleton district mark 100 years of force

The ceremony included a service at St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh
Gardaí in Midleton district mark 100 years of force

Supt Adrian Gamble, Cllr Deirdre O'Brien, Deputy Mayor of the County of Cork, and Chief Superintendent Con Cadogan at the cathedral. Gardai marked the 100th year anniversary of An Garda Siochana in Midleton District with a service at St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, Co Cork followed by a parade to the pier where Sgt Tom Daly ( Macroom) reenacted the first aririval of An Garda Siochana by boat to the harbour town. Wreaths were laid at the original Garda Station and the parade concluded at the new Garda Station. Pic: Larry Cummins Echo/Examiner news marking

SERVING and retired members of An Garda Síochána took part in a commemorative event in Cork marking the 100th anniversary of the force in the Midleton District.

The ceremony included a service at St Colman’s Cathedral in Cobh, followed by an inter-agency parade through the town to Cobh Garda Station via Harbour Row, East Beach and Kennedy Pier, where on November 11, 1922 the first gardaí arrived by boat from Cork city where they had been brought in by boat from Dublin on November 9.

A wreath was laid by family members of former gardaí at Westbourne Place, the site of the first garda station before the parade continued to the current garda station in the town where there was memorabilia and the unveiling of a plaque.

In attendance on the day were retired Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy and current Assistant Commissioner Eileen Foster, as well as family members of the first gardaí to arrive by boat to Cobh in 1922.

 Gardai marked the 100th year anniversary of An Garda Siochana in Midleton District with a service at St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, Co Cork followed by a parade to the pier where Sgt Tom Daly ( Macroom) (pictured here in Garda uniform from 1922) reenacted the first aririval of An Garda Siochana by boat to the harbour town. Pic shows Sgt Tom Daly (Macroom) being greeted by ladies in period costume afrom the era. Wreaths were laid at the original Garda Station and the parade concluded at the new Garda Station. Pic: Larry Cummins
Gardai marked the 100th year anniversary of An Garda Siochana in Midleton District with a service at St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, Co Cork followed by a parade to the pier where Sgt Tom Daly ( Macroom) (pictured here in Garda uniform from 1922) reenacted the first aririval of An Garda Siochana by boat to the harbour town. Pic shows Sgt Tom Daly (Macroom) being greeted by ladies in period costume afrom the era. Wreaths were laid at the original Garda Station and the parade concluded at the new Garda Station. Pic: Larry Cummins

Speaking to The Echo, Inspector Roisin O'Dea of the Midleton District said that the first gardaí to arrive in Cobh were “very much welcomed by the public at the time and An Garda Síochána became very much part of the public fabric there”.

She said that the parade saw many different agencies involved in marking the important day for An Garda Síochána.

“The parade included the Garda band, serving and retiring members of An Garda Siochána, the HSE, the National Ambulance Service, the Red Cross, the Defence Forces and the Naval Service. It was an inter-agency effort.

 Gardai marked the 100th year anniversary of An Garda Siochana in Midleton District with a service at St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, Co Cork followed by a parade to the pier where Sgt Tom Daly ( Macroom) (pictured here in Garda uniform from 1922) reenacted the first aririval of An Garda Siochana by boat to the harbour town. Pic shows Sgt Tom Daly meeting with 86yo Tom Phelan whose father Jim (James) Phelan was the first Sgt in Cobh in 1922. Sgt James Phelan went on to serve at Uniion Quay, Cork City until 1963. Wreaths were laid at the original Garda Station and the parade concluded at the new Garda Station. Pic: Larry Cummins
Gardai marked the 100th year anniversary of An Garda Siochana in Midleton District with a service at St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, Co Cork followed by a parade to the pier where Sgt Tom Daly ( Macroom) (pictured here in Garda uniform from 1922) reenacted the first aririval of An Garda Siochana by boat to the harbour town. Pic shows Sgt Tom Daly meeting with 86yo Tom Phelan whose father Jim (James) Phelan was the first Sgt in Cobh in 1922. Sgt James Phelan went on to serve at Uniion Quay, Cork City until 1963. Wreaths were laid at the original Garda Station and the parade concluded at the new Garda Station. Pic: Larry Cummins

“We worked so much hand in glove with them throughout the last 100 years and going forward as well it’s about working with them to give the best service we can to the public,” Inspector O’Dea said.

She said that the day was of particular importance for women of the force, with the female recruits selected to join An Garda Síochána.

“The force was formed in 1922, women didn’t come in until 1959 and it’s nice now to see the progression. Our deputy commissioners are ladies, Anne Marie McMahon and Shawna Coxon, and the Assistant Commissioner Eileen Foster is from Cobh itself and she’s newly appointed and she’s leading us into our second century of policing,” Inspector O’Dea said.

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