100 years on the beat for Pearse Street Garda Station
They were such a novel sight on the streets of the capital that the first ban-gardaí had photographers chasing them for a snap.
The trail-blazing first female gardai were recalled last night by Tánaiste Joan Burton as she launched a new book marking the centenary of Pearse Street Garda Station in Dublin's city centre, the first station in the country to have ban-gardai based there.
'Pearse Street 100', by author Stephen Moore, chronicles a century of activity at the station and the stories of the men - and women - who served there down the years.
Originally known as Great Brunswick Street Police Station, Ms Burton noted that much has changed since then, both inside and outside of the station, although the core principal of protecting society remains unchanged.
Some of the first female gardai recall their time at Pearse Street in the new book. One of them, Margaret Brown, notes with pride that their workload was no lighter than that of the men.
"We did the exact same duties as the males. We did station duty, beat duty and traffic duty. We worked 10am-6pm each day, but we were always available for calls at night if needed, and we were needed."
She also describes being chased in the street by photographers, desperate for a snap.