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To Put Down a Marker

 was an officer in the Royal Irish Constabulary, a proud Tipperary man and an international rugby player (he played the Irish rugby team which met Wales in 1881; the Welsh won their first ever international match that day, 2 Goals … Continue reading

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Memento Mori – Morior Invictus

Being a historian is difficult. There’s the slog work as I call it; the readings, the theories, the whiteboard sessions, the late nights and early mornings, the travel (and travel food and budgets and not having a proper workspace on … Continue reading

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The RIC (Royal Italian Constabulary)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28254297 The carabinieri have served Italy for 200 years in a fashion similar to other gendarmeries. Indeed when one considers matters the similarities between it and the now defunct Royal Irish Constabulary are striking. Neither force attracts recruits from particularly … Continue reading

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Commemorations and Perceptions of the Auxiliary Division

   (Laying of Wreaths at RIC Memorial, Glasnevin Cemetery, 2012. Photograph: Longford Leader) The Auxiliary Division are perceived as almost being inseparable from their sister force, the Black and Tans, at least as far as the average commentator is concerned. … Continue reading

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The Other Auxiliaries

This is the text of a paper which I presented in March at Queen’s University Belfast, concerning Women Police Auxiliaries during the Anglo-Irish War, 1919-1921. Introduction The Anglo-Irish War (1919-1921) was a conflict characterised by concomitant cycles of revolutionary terror, … Continue reading

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