Exhibition celebrating centenary of An Garda Síochána in Longford

Exhibition moves to Granard after October 13.

An exhibition celebrating the centenary of An Garda Síochána in Longford will open in Longford Library at 7.30pm on Thursday, September 29.

The exhibition is organised by Longford County Library, Heritage and Archives Services and An Garda Síochána. It is part of the Decade of Centenaries programme.

The opening of the exhibition takes place 100 years after the arrival of the first Civic Guards (later renamed An Garda Síochána in 1923) in Longford and Granard. There will be contributions from historian Dr Paul Hughes and author and retired Chief Superintendent John O’Brien.

The exhibition covers the period of the arrival of the Civic Guard into the county, as well as some of its later history within County Longford. It will include several archives, artefacts and uniforms.

Superintendent Seamus Boyle, who previously served as Inspector in Cavan, stressed the importance of this celebration for the force.

“A centenary is a huge milestone in the life on any organisation, and we are very proud to be marking it. It is a time for us to reflect on An Garda Síochána and how it has changed as part of a changing society since 1922.”

The exhibition will remain in Longford Library until October 13, and will then move to Granard Community Library.

For further information, check out Longfordlibrary.ie or follow Longford Heritage and Archives on social media.