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Bringing Ireland’s 19th Century Pubs under Police Control

No other business in Ireland has been as legislated against or litigated on as the common pub. However, in the 19 th Century the legal status of public houses, as well…

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A Bitter Memory: The Deaths of RIC & DMP Officers During Easter Week 1916

In this Centenary year we remember the heroes of the Rising who sacrificed their lives for Ireland. Yet, amongst the Irish dead were those who fought against the rebels. Ray Bateson…

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What’s In A Name- The Origins Of County Kerry

On August 27, 1329, by Letters Patent, Maurice FitzGerald, 1st Earl of Desmond was confirmed in the feudal seniority of the entire county palatine of Kerry, to him and his…

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The Mystery of Peter Bergmann

Every so often we come across stories that leave us with a certain eery feeling. People disappearing without a trace, or someone behaving strangely before winding up dead. It’s not…

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Trouble In The Force

In the course of the 1913 Lockout the labour leader Jim Larkin made great play of the poor pay and conditions of service of the DMP, and especially the longer…

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Father Francis Browne: The Titanic photographer

Father Francis M. Browne was born on 3 July 1880 in county Cork. He was the eighth child of Brigid and James Browne and baptised on 8 January at the…

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Policing The Fair In Years Gone By

Long ago, in the pre cattle-mart days, farmers drove their animals on the hoof, along the country roads to the Fairs in the local towns. There they haggled and tangled…

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The History Of Polygraph Testing

Since the dawn of civilization, mankind has sought ways to distinguish truthfulness from lying in those individuals suspected of criminal wrongdoing. Various inventive techniques for the verification of truth and…

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RTÉ’s Forthcoming ‘Rebellion’ Gives New Perspective on 1916 Rising

Forget the Star Wars rebel alliance, we have our own homegrown rebels to watch this January. RTÉ have just unveiled its new epic 1916 drama, ‘Rebellion’, and if first impressions…

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100 Years of Pearse Street Station Recalled in New Book

Before Ireland was even a free state, there was Pearse St Garda Station. Built in 1915, on what was then Great Brunswich St, a new book chronicles the 100 year…

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EARLY DAYS OF RAILROAD POLICING TO PRESENT

Maryland and South Carolina were the first states to build railroads in the early 1830’s.  By 1835, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, Louisiana, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois were part of the…

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1916 Patriot Thomas Kent to be Recognised with Full State Funeral

Following DNA testing of remains exhumed from Cork Prison in an investigation carried out by the National Monuments Commission, Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced that Thomas Kent will receive a full State funeral, a hundred…

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Monumental Occassion: Thomas Francis Meagher

In the middle of the road between the Tower Hotel and Reginalds Tower in Waterford City stands a statue of Thomas Francis Meagher. Erected in 2004, the statue pays tribute…

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Commander Bill King-An extraordinary life

Commander Bill King of Oranmore Castle, who died in 2012 at the age of 102, crammed an incredible amount of adventure and achievement into a long and colourful life. A…

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The Great Chicago Fire 1871

The Great Chicago Fire burned ferociously through the city from October 8th to October 10th, 1871, destroyed thousands of buildings, killing an estimated 300 people. The damage caused by the…

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Ireland’s Forgotten WW1 Hero’s

Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Great War, a brutal and bloody conflict in which millions died on the battlefields of Europe and beyond. Among…

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The man who shot Abraham Lincoln’s assassin

The hatter Boston Corbett was celebrated as a hero for killing John Wilkes Booth. Fame and fortune did not follow, but madness did. One morning in September 1878, a tired…

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Irish Inventor Honoured By The Central Bank

The Central Bank of Ireland recently honoured an Irish born Inventor – John Philip Holland – with the issue of a €15 silver proof coin. Liscannor, Co. Clare is well…

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200 Years Of Policing In Ireland- A New Exhibition

June saw the opening of a major exhibition to mark 200 years of policing in this country. The exhibition is being held in the National Museum of Ireland – Country…

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Sergent Michael O’ Leary- Hero Of The Great War

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – “No writer in fiction would dare to fasten such an achievement on any of his characters, but the Irish have always had a reputation of…

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Bronze Age sword 3,500 years old found in the River Shannon

A diver has recovered a Bronze Age sword from the River Shannon that remarkably dates back 3, 500 years. Shannonside Sub Aqua diver Michael O’Rourke recovered the priceless sword from…

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‘Sixty Years in a Row’

The Garda Síochána Boat Club celebrates its Diamond Jubilee On 9th June 1954 a meeting was held at Islandbridge with a view to establishing a Boat Club for members of…

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National Library adds 10,000 new additions to digital archives

The National Library of Ireland has added some significant additions to its impressive online digital collection of artefacts. Portraits, engravings and drawings from some of Ireland’s most famous and revered…

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Scientists discover a Stone Age virus located in Siberian ice

Scientists in France have appeared to have awoken a sleeping giant in the form of a virus that remarkably dates back as far as the Stone Age. The virus was…

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