The Hedge Schools of Wicklow

Tommy O Rourke who hails from Aughavas in “Lovely Leitrim” joned the November Recruit Class 1968. A few months later he was allocated to Bray District.  Following promotion to Sergeant he spent many years as a “Training Sergeant” for the Eastern Garda Division before retirement from the force in 2003.

A qualified BLE Coach, Tommy and Mick Concanon were managers of Garda Athletic Teams that took part in European Championships in the 1980/90 period.

Since retirement, Tommy joined the Wicklow GSRMA Branch and also  Chairman of Killmancanogue Historic Society, Co. Wicklow.  With a huge interest in local history, he has just finalised a book titled “Hedge Schools in Co. Wicklow”.  His book will be launched at a reception in the:

Harbour Bar, Bray, at 7.30 pm. on Wednesday, 14th October, 2015.

All former colleagues will be more than welcome to the Book Launch Reception where a special discount price will be available.

The Garda Síochána Retired Members’ Association (GSRMA) wish to congratulate Tommy O’ Rourke on his interest in Local History and the launch of his book. Tommy can be contacted at – 086-3277 072



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