Pat O’ Donoghue is a member of the Dundalk Branch of the GSRMA. Pat has written and published a book entitled “A Border Beat, Policing in Dundalk”

The book is very informative with many pictures of members carrying out their duties down through the years.

“In 1922 the Louth-Armagh county boundary became part of an international frontier, and Dundalk became a border town.  Throughout its existence of almost 100 years, Dundalk Garda District has had to deal with more than its fair share of border related incidents and associated crime.

Pat O’Donoghue, a retired member of An Garda Síochaná who served in this district for 30 years, gives a first-hand account of the many challenges faced by the Gardaí in Dundalk Garda District through the 70s, 80s and 90s focusing on some key events and personnel.

He also takes a retrospective view of policing in the area in earlier times, from the era of the Royal Irish Constabulary in the 19th century to the earlier days of the Irish Free State”

I’m sure it will be of interest as many of our members who served in Dundalk Garda District down through the years.

The cost of the book is €20, proceeds going to two local charities, the Simon Community & Women’s Aid.

It is on sale in the River Roe Book Shop, Park Street, Dundalk but it can also be purchased online at the Oriel Centre, Dundalk at

The book will also be reviewed in the Winter Edition of Síocháin out in mid-December 2020.

Pat Donnelly
Branch Secretary