Family Research – English, Scottish and Irish Genealogy


Royal Irish Constabulary


The Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) was established in 1836 to cover all of Ireland except the city of Dublin, which had its own Metropolitan Police. As well as keeping the peace the force took on a number of other duties. They collected agricultural statistics, enforced fishery laws, regulated food and drugs, weights and measures, explosives, petroleum, and also acted as census enumerators. Papers on the work and administration of the RIC can be found in the Dublin Castle Records in CO 904 and the Irish Office Records in CO 906. War Office army administrative and Easter rising records in WO 35 also include material relating to the RIC.

The force was disbanded in August 1922, having been replaced by the Civil Guard or Garda Siochana in the Irish Free State, and Royal Ulster Constabulary in Northern Ireland. Pensions to former RIC men were paid by the Paymaster General in London and the service records of the force passed to the Home Office, which is why RIC records are now here in The National Archives. for more click here

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