Nolan Farrell & Goff is proud to sponsor a blue plaque to commemorate the arrival of the first civic guards (later An Garda Siochana) in Ireland where seven civic guards walked across the bridge in Waterford on 14 October 1922.

The event took place on Lady Lane in the City on Friday, 14 October at 11.00am.

Nolan Farrell & Goff office building at Newtown Lodge was the official Garda Station in Waterford from 1974 to 1976. Its strong room for deeds was the cells for the station.

Partners Graham Farrell and John Goff work very closely with An Garda Siochana and the practice has had a long close relationship with the Gardai in Waterford.

In advance of the ceremony serving and retired members of An Garda Síochána recreated the march by the Guards in 1922. This parade left the railway station at 10.30am and crossed Rice Bridge, proceed along the Quay, turn up Barronstrand Street and Broad Street and into Lady Lane.

The parade was led by the Garda Band.

The Mayor of Waterford City and County, Councillor John O’Leary unveiled the plaque.

After the unveiling, the Mayor invited serving and retired Gardaí to a ceremony in City Hall, at which Garda Centenary medals were presented by the Mayor to a number of serving and retired Gardai. This ceremony took place in the Large Room. Afterwards, there was a reception in the Garden Room, Medieval Museum, courtesy of Waterford City and County Council.

Plaque. Photo: John Power
Attending were Brendan Dunne, Donie Brazil, Laura Torrie and Valerie Farrell. Photo: John Power
Mayor Of Waterford City & County Cllr. John O’Leary unveiling the plaque in the presence of Michael Nevin, Chair, Waterford & Tramore Branch, Garda Siochana Retired Members assocation, Assistant Commissioner Paul Ceary, Chief Superintendent Padraig Dunne, Waterford Garda Station and Eugenr Broderick, Chair, Waterford Civic Trust. Photo: John Power