It is my ambition to trace all policemen who served in Ireland before the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922. I have approx. 100,000 Irish policemen in my databases. I have written a total of five books - four of which are on Irish policing.
The Garda Siochana (Irish Police Force)was formed in 1922 in the Republic of Ireland and replaced the Royal Irish Constabulary there which was disbanded the same year. The RIC in Northern Ireland was replaced by the Royal Ulster Constabulary also in 1922. The Dublin Metropolitan Police, formed in 1836 was amalgamated with the Garda Siochana in 1925.
I have written two books on the Royal Irish Constabulary. Both of them should answer your questions in finding your ancestor's RIC Service Records. There is also a very very strong possibility that he had relatives in the RIC. You had to be 19 to join, but if your father was in the service you could be aged 18 years. Similarly, you had to be 5'9" in height, but if your father was in the RIC you could be 5'8". You could not serve in your home county or that of your wife and you had to have seven years service before you were permitted to marry. Also there were 549 RIC men murdered between 1916 and 1922.
The RIC service record includes in each case the:-
REGISTERED NUMBER, NAME, EXACT DATE OF BIRTH, AGE WHEN APPOINTED, HEIGHT, NATIVE COUNTY, RELIGION, MARRIAGE DATE, NATIVE COUNTY OF WIFE, BY WHOM RECOMMENDED, TRADE OR CALLING, APPOINTMENT DATE, ALLOCATIONS LIST, DATES OF SECONDMENT IN THE BRITISH ARMY, PROMOTION DATES, DATE WHEN PENSIONED, RESIGNED, DISCHARGED OR DEATH.
My first RIC book on policing is entitled "The Royal Irish Constabulary - A Short History & Genealogical Guide" (ISBN 1-85182-343-3). It was published in August 1997, already went into reprint in October 1997 and went into a third reprint in February 1999. As well as a history it opens up several avenues of further research on RIC ancestors and give you some idea what life was like in the RIC. It includes all 549 members of the RIC who were killed on duty between 1916 and 1922; all those granted the Constabulary Medal; those who served in WW1, with what regiment and the result of their service; those who transferred to the Garda Siochana in 1922 following disbandment of the RIC on 31st August 1922. It is available in Hardback and paperback; 254pp.
My second book is entitled 'The Royal Irish Constabulary - A Complete Alphabetical List of Officers and Men, 1816-1922' (ISBN 1-85182-502-9). It was published in November 1999 and has just been reprinted in July 2000. It contains the Surnames, Christian Names and Registered Numbers of all 85,028 members of the RIC who served between 1816 and 1922; 488pp.
My third book on policing is entitled "The Dublin Metropolitan Police - A Short History & Genealogical Guide".(ISBN 1-85182-462-6) hbk. and (ISBN 1-85182-463-4)pbk. Published in March 2001; 350pp.
My fourth book is entitled 'The Dublin Metropolitan Police - A Complete Alphabetical List of Officers and Men, 1836-1925'. (ISBN 1-85182-601-7) hbk. also published in March 2001; 294pp. It contains the names of all 12,566 members of the DMP, arranged by Surname; Christian Name; Warrant Number; Birth Year; Native County; Native Parish; Death Year - in police service. It includes those who joined the DMP from the RIC;from the Irish Revenue Police (1832-1857); from the London Metropolitan Police; and those who transferred to the Garda Siochana on Amalgamation with the DMP in 1925. It includes members of the DMP who served in WW1 and the result of such service; those awarded the Kings Police Medal between 1909 and 1925; 294pp.
The books can be obtained from:- Four Courts Press, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8, Ireland. Tel.: International + 353-1-453-4668 Fax: International + 353-1-453-4672
The books can be ordered from Amazon over the internet. In North America the books are available from International Specialized Book Services, 5804, Hassalo Street, Portland, Oregon, USA. Tel. No. 1-800-944 6190; Fax No. (503) 280 8832; E-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org
I am anxious to hear from RIC and DMP descendants.