A new exhibition in the the the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co Mayo, tells the story of policing in Ireland over last two hundred years.
Preserving the Peace: Policing on the Island of Ireland: 1814-2014 will run until Easter 2015 and forms part of the National Museum of Ireland’s Decade of Commemorations calendar of events.
The exhibition, tells the story of policing in Ireland and marks the bicentenary of the formation of the Peace Preservation Force in 1814 which is seen as the precursor to the establishment of the Royal Irish Constabulary and of the modern police services on the island of Ireland.
The exhibition will be officially opened by Noirín O’Sullivan, Commissioner, An Garda Síochana, and Alistair Finlay, Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), on Friday 13 June.
The exhibition is supported by the Police Emerald Society Great Britain and The Police Federation for Northern Ireland.
The exhibition, which will be spread over three floors of the Museum Galleries, will sample the nature of crimes which confronted the forces from the nineteenth century up to the present day and will also feature an intriguing section depicting state punishment of the guilty in Victorian Ireland.
From the initial crime to capture and punishment, both corporal and capital, Preserving the Peace opens a door onto the sometimes uncomfortable reality of Ireland’s official past. Cooperation from both police services, north and south, has meant that rare policing uniforms and objects will be on display.
A comprehensive public programme of events will run for the duration of the exhibition. All events are free of charge but booking is required on 094-9031751 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For the duration of the exhibition there will be a full public programme of events available for all ages.
- 17 July 2014, 2-3pm: Guided Tour: Walk the Beat. The Inside view from the exhibition’s curator Noel Campbell.
- 13 Sept 2014, 3-4pm: Talk: Maamtrasna Murders and their Aftermath with Ronnie O’Gorman.
- 18 Oct 2014, 3-4pm: Talk: The Hang House Stories Mountjoy Past and Present with Séan Reynolds.
- 15 Nov 2014, 3-4pm: Talk: Pre-Policing Ireland: A Military State with National Museum of Ireland – Collins Barracks, Art and Industry curator Lar Joye
- 6 Dec 2014, 3-4pm: Film / Scannán: Déantús an Phoitín le Mac Dara Ó Curraidhin a stiúraigh. Highlights of an illicit old Irish craft.
- 16 Jan 2015, 7pm: Interactive Discussion: History Ireland’s Hedge School: 200 Years of Policing.
Get the alternative views of Irish history with this mixture of an expert panel and active audience participation which makes for a lively, entertaining and informative event.