Closure of Drumkeeran Garda Station
Sunday 29th April marked the end of an era in Drumkeeran
as the local Garda Station on Main Street closed.
Drumkeeran Garda Station was one of a number of small Garda Stations around Ireland
that were listed for closure by the Dept of Justice some months ago.
Local people are disappointed at the closure. A petition requesting that the station be kept open was organised in the locality. However, the decision to close the station went ahead.
The station now adds to the growing list of empty buildings on Main Street.
Drumkeeran Garda Station was opened in 1984.
Until then, the building that until recently was St Brigid’s Hostel was the old Garda Barracks.
The residence attached to the new station was vacated in the early 1990’s.
It is interesting to note that, according to the 1901 census, there were six police officers in the village.
Today Drumkeeran has no Garda Station and the area now falls under
the control of the Drumshanbo Garda Area.