Turning the first sod, laying the foundation-stone, unveiling a plaque and cutting the tape are all markers in the development of many new buildings. In most cases people gather with a sense of pride and joy to observe the historic occasion. Thursday, 15th May 2014, was one such occasion for the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA). Outside No. 5 Harrington Street, Dublin 8, Gerry Blake, (President) with Central Committee Members and invited guests assembled for a simple ceremony to witness a dream come true, at the official opening of of a their new HQ.
That dream began in January 1961, when men like Tom Madden, Daniel Brosnan, Thomas Keyes, Tom O’ Leary, Peter Heffernan, Robert Wolfe, Patrick O’ Sullivan, James Cahill, Frank O’ Hehir, Eugene Farrelly, John Berry, Archie McAllister took a stance to form an association to protect Garda pensions. Their dream was strengthened when Seán Liddy, Seán Huges, Denis McCarthy, Paddy Brogan and Denis Connolly added their loyal support.
From small beginnings and temporary offices at places from: 38 Westmoreland Street; No. 43 Dawson Street; No 32 Nassau Street; No. 8 Harrington Street, the Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association, now has its own permanent Head Office. A beautiful bronze plaque GSRMA HOUSE PLAQUE (pic) was unveiled that clearly spells out its name as —- GSRMA HOUSE.
The dream born 53 years ago has finally been realised.