By Dan Walsh at Ferrycarrig Hotel
Over a decade of research into everyday policing and honouring the dedicated service of An Garda Siochána to the community over the past 100 years was launched tonight in the form of the latest publication named THE GUARDS; Policing County Wexford 1922-2022.
The work of two retired Gardaí Tom Miller and Tony Fagan was launched by Liam Griffin, whose father served in the Gardaí, before a packed house at Ferrycarrig Hotel.
“The Gardaí in County Wexford have witnessed wars, protest, human frailty, human achievement and terrible tragedy beyond normal comprehension,” according to Michael Freeman’s introduction to the book, and he added; “More than that they have been involved as the police of the new Ireland in keeping public order and preserving national security, while helping society to achieve social, economic and cultural change and meanwhile respect and preserve cultural traditions.”
The event was chaired by Michael Doyle of South East Radio in the form of an interview where the authors recalled their life and times in the Gardaí and outlined some of their experiences that lead to the publication.
Tom Miller, from Laois, who was based in County Wexford for his last 20 years in the Force is also a university honours’ graduate in history and a retired Garda Sergeant. He is a former Secretary of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors in Wexford.
Kildare native Tony Fagan is a retired Garda Detective who spent his entire career in the Garda in Wexford. He was a member of the management committee of the Garda Representative Body for many years. Tony and Tom are current Chairman and Secretary, respectively, of the Wexford branch of the Garda Siochána Retired Members Association.
THE GUARDS; Policing County Wexford, 1922-2022 by Tom Miller and Tony Fagan, Editor Michael Freeman, 384 pages, paperback, illustrated. Published by Three Sisters Press. Available in all good bookshops.
Detailed interviews with Tom Miller and Tony Fagan can be heard on South East Radio in the coming days. On Dan Walsh’s Midweek Voices on Wednesday at 8pm and in the I Remember programme with Michael Doyle on Saturday at 9.30am.