Retired Det Chief Supt and author John O’Brien gives talks across Fingal libraries

by Rose Barrett

Fingal County Council Libraries Department is delighted to host a series of talks with author and retired Detective Chief Superintendent John O’Brien.

Coinciding with the Centenary of An Garda Síochána, John O’Brien invites the public to attend a series of talks titled ‘A Day in the Life’. Detective Chief Superintendent John O’Brien who served at many different levels in the policing and security service of Ireland gives a first-hand account of his experiences. The talks are based on his latest book Securing the Irish State: 1922 – 2022.

The series of talks promise to be full of intriguing stories from John’s career, giving attendees a fascinating insight into a career with An Garda Síochána.  The first was held last week at Blanchardstown Library.

Details of the talks is as follows:

Rush LibraryThursday 23 February6.30 – 7.30pm
Balbriggan LibraryThursday 30 March6.30 – 7.30pm
Fingal Local Studies & ArchivesThursday 20 April7-8pm

To reserve your place, please contact the library hosting the event.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Howard Mahony commented: “I was very pleased to attend last week’s event at Blanchardstown Library, to meet with Detective Chief Superintendent John O’Brien and to hear about his new book and career with An Garda Síochána. It is wonderful to hear a personal account from such a dedicated person who devoted his life to the safety of the Irish public.”

Fingal Libraries County Librarian, Betty Boardman remarked: It is our pleasure to have retired Detective Chief Superintendent John O’Brien visit some of our libraries in Fingal to talk about his experiences in An Garda Síochána and the history of policing in Ireland since 1922.

“Copies of John’s book ‘Securing the Irish State: 1922 – 2022’ are available for loan throughout the library branch network in Fingal.”

Fingal Libraries operates 10 library branches, a mobile library and housebound service, as well as a Local Studies and Archives service. For full details of opening hours for all Fingal branches, please visit or keep up to date by following Fingal Libraries on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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