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Fingal Libraries to host talks by author John O’Brien, retired Detective Chief Superintendent

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

John O'Brien with County Librarian Betty Boardman and Mayor of Fingal Cllr Howard Mahony

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 took place at Blanchardstown Library on Thursday January 26th with Mayor of Fingal Cllr Howard Mahony in attendance.

Details of the talks is as follows:

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

The Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Howard Mahony commented:

“I am very pleased to attend today’s event at Blanchardstown Library and 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 our branches, please visit or keep up to date by following Fingal Libraries on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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