The Garda (Irish police) headquarters building was originally constructed as a training depot for the
Royal Irish Constabulary Reserve Force by the Dublin Board of Works in 1842.
The original R.I.C. depot included an officers mess & rooms for the officers with residences for the commandant & police surgeon. A large riding school for mounted Constabulary was added in 1845 & the R.I.C. band - established in 1861, was also based there.|
With the establishment of the Irish Free State the RIC was disbanded on 31 August 1922 and replaced in the Irish Republic by An Garda Siochana. The building was initially used as a combined headquarters & training depot until 1963 when the Garda Training College was established at Templemore, County Tipperary.
Memorial to members of An Garda Siochana who lost their lives in the service of the State.
Dublin Photographs by A. Geraty, with thanks to an Garda Siochana, © irelandposters.com. All rights reserved.
Photos of the Wellington Monument & Papal Cross Phoenix Park.