A Life Upholding the Law


Detective: A Life Upholding the Law

Tom Connolly joined An Garda Síochána in 1955, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. His early days on the force were spent in various villages and towns around Ireland, tracking petty thieves, raiding pubs and patrolling country roads on his bicycle. Back then, before the dawn of DNA profiling, policemen relied on local knowledge and intuition – as well as careful evidence-gathering and interrogation techniques – to make their cases.

Over his forty-year career, Connolly rose to the rank of Detective Superintendent, working on high-profile thefts, assaults and murders with the National Technical Bureau.  

This fascinating memoir offers an insight into the day-to-day work of the gardaí, and celebrates the courage and dedication of all those who risk their lives to keep us safe.

  • The O'Brien Press; October 2015
  • ISBN 9781847178015
  • Read online
  • Title: Detective
  • Author: Tom Connolly
  • Imprint: The O'Brien Press

In The Press

this rich memoir offers a unique insight into the day-to-day work of the Garda Siochana. At a time when there are massive changes within the force, Tom Connolly’s unassuming integrity, honesty, grit and perseverance tell the story of a unique police force and a unique life lived with 100 per cent commitment to duty