Constable John Fitzgerald Room Dedication & Presentation 10 August 2017

On Thursday 10 August 2017 a room in the administration building of Wicklow Garda Station was dedicated to the memory of Constable John Fitzgerald, Royal Irish Constabulary who was killed on duty at The Murrough, Wicklow in February 1921.

Superintendent Paul Hogan, of Wicklow Garda Station, his staff and members of the HARP Society organised the event. In attendance was the niece of Constable Fitzgerald, Mrs. Philomena Quinn, her daughter and son-in-law. Mrs. Quinn presented Superintendent Hogan Constable Fitzgerald’s cap to be displayed in the dedicated room.

In attendance at the ceremony were Chief Superintendent John Quirke, the committee of the HARP Society, representatives from the Wicklow Historical Society and Wicklow business community. After the ceremony the party visited the Murrough, Wicklow the scene of where Constable John Fitzgerald was murdered. Mrs. Quinn comes from a family which has an extensive policing tradition:- her great-grandfather was RIC Sub Inspector Michael Evans Fitzgerald (1830-1893), her grandfather was RIC Sergeant James J. Fitzgerald (1860-1936), her granduncle was RIC Constable Gerald Fitzgerald (b.1858); her father was Garda Michael Hyland and her late husband was RUC Sergeant John Quinn who was killed in the line of duty on 27 October 1982.