Detective Garda Seamus Quaid -1937-1980

At this time, it is appropriate to reflect on the sacrifice of members of An Garda Síochána who have paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country.

Tuesday, the 13 October 2020 marks to 40th Anniversary of the killing of Detective Garda Seamus Quaid in the course of stopping a suspect van at Ballyconnick Quarry, Cleariestown, Co. Wexford on the 13 October 1980. Seamus Quaid was attached to Wexford Garda Station.

Seamus Quaid was killed at Cleariestown outside Wexford Town after a confrontation with Peter Rogers. Rogers was an active member of the provisional IRA and had by 1980 lived in Wexford for seven years and resided with his wife, in a mobile home at Duncormick.  Rogers was found to be conveying explosive material in his van, when stopped by Detective Gardaí Seamus Quaid & Donal Lyttleton.

Rogers was later tried and, on the 11 March 1981, found guilty of the Capital Murder of Seamus Quaid and was sentenced to be hanged on the 6 April 1981. The sentence of the Court was commuted by President Patrick Hillery, to a sentence of forty years in prison. He was released from prison in 1998 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

Whilst a larger commemoration ceremony had been planned to take place but due to COVID19 restrictions, a small private ceremony was held on Sunday the 11 October 2020 in the precincts of Wexford Garda Station, with a group which included the four members of Seamus’s family – Mary, Caroline, Angela and Eamon Quaid, organising committee members Dan Redmond and Tony Fagan (Wexford Branch of the GSRMA) and Donal Lyttleton. Serving members of Wexford Division in Superintendent James Doyle, Detective Garda Colm Dunne and Ms Mary O’Brien, Clerical Officer who is the only member of the current staff at Wexford Garda Station to have served with Seamus Quaid.

The formal planting of a commemorative tree was carried out by Eamon Quaid and a suitably inscribed plinth was unveiled by Superintendent Doyle.  Framed copies of the Scott Medal citation presented to Seamus Quaid and Donal Lyttleton, were presented to the four family members.

Lest we forget – Ar eagla go ndéanfaimis dearmad

 Matt Givens



13 October 2020