Gardai honour original 'traffic stoppers'
ONE of the country's first female gardai has recalled how the sight of women in uniform literally stopped the traffic when they joined the force five decades ago.
Galway woman Peig Brown was one of five female gardai sent to Limerick as one of the city's first group of 'bean gardai' in October 1962.
The mother of three recalled how the sight of female gardai was so unusual that it even caused some motorists to crash.
"It happened me in Dublin first -- twice in 1959. I remember the motorist pulling up and saying, 'It's all your fault!'"
She was speaking in Limerick at a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of the first female gardai in the city.
Dympna Canny, from Co Laois, remembers the dress code: "Our hair had to be a certain length. We had to wear gloves and you had to have the seam in your stocking straight," she said.