A unique collection of policing material covering the first 10 years of the State has been digitised by University of Limerick and An Garda Síochána.
The Garda Review Archive, a unique collection of digitised volumes from 1923 to 1932, was launched at an event in UL’s Glucksman Library this Wednesday. The Glucksman Library and its Special Collections and Archives has been working with An Garda Síochána to digitise the 10-year run of the Garda Review and make it accessible via the UL Digital Library. It offers a unique, digital, and fully searchable window into policing in Ireland from the Civil War through the early Free State.
The Garda Review was established in 1923, a year after the force originated. It is now the longest established magazine in Ireland. The digitised collection covers 1923-1932, so roughly the first decade of the State and includes early accounts of policing and policing policy, divisional news and movements and transfers of individual Garda, Irish language articles and sporting accounts.
The issues include numerous photographs, drawings, and period advertising and the new digital collection is completely searchable, rendering names and place names open to researchers.
The collection was launched by Deputy Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon, who has a long association both with UL and the Limerick Garda Division, Provost and Deputy President of UL Professor Shane Kilcommins and Ciara McCaffrey, interim director of the Glucksman Library.
Deputy Commissioner Anne Marie McMahon said: “An Garda Síochána are delighted to launch the digitised volumes of the Garda Review from 1923 to 1932 with the Glucksman Library of University of Limerick. This project, which commenced during our Centenary year, represents a strengthening of our partnership with the University of Limerick, and presented a unique opportunity to preserve should a valuable and historic archive, using the state-of-the-art facilities in the Glucksman Library.
“The collection will represent a fascinating look at what was the formative years of An Garda Síochána, not only from an organisational perspective, but also a unique look at the social side of An Garda Síochána at that time. It gives a significant insight into the community and sporting history of An Garda Síochána during those formative years, which ensured we remained an organisation embedded in our communities, and of our communities.
“I have no doubt that such a unique archive will not only interest historians, but also the public who will have an opportunity to be reminded of times gone by, and witness the evolution of An Garda Síochána during these formative years.
“This project represented an excellent opportunity for An Garda Síochána, with our colleagues in the Glucksman Library and University of Limerick, to preserve a key piece of history for An Garda Síochána and to build on a strong relationship with the University of Limerick. An Garda Síochána will continue into the future build on this unique archive with University of Limerick to continue to digitise and preserve the history of An Garda Síochána for future generations.”
You can read more in an article at: https://www.ul.ie/news/20th-century-gems-university-of-limerick-and-an-garda-siochana-launch-new-digitised-archive
The digitised Garda Review/Iris an Gárda 1923-1932 is available to view at: https://digitallibrary.ul.ie/garda-review.