Phoenix Park, Garda Siochana Headquarters Building

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.

Garda headquarters building, Phoenix Park Dublin photo
View of Garda Headquarters located near the city entrance to Phoenix Park & Zoological gardens.

An Garda Siochana Headquarters, Phoenix Park Dublin

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 at Garda headquarters building, Phoenix Park
Memorial to members of An Garda Siochana who lost their lives in the service of the State.

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