The Royal Irish Constabulary: A History and Personal Memoir

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University College Dublin Press, 2003 - History - 180 pages
Thomas Fennell provides a fascinating account, written in old age, of life in the Royal Irish Constabulary in the last quarter of the nineteenth century - the turbulent years of the Land War - and during the Irish War of independence.
Fennell paints a lively picture of the daily activities of a highly regimented force, constantly under hierarchical scrutiny locally and from Dublin Castle. He is acutely aware of the ambivalent position of the RIC drawn largely from the sons of tenant and small farmers yet supporting the Ascendancy and the landowning class.

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Thomas Fennell (1857-1948) was born in Castledawson, County Derry, and served in the Royal Irish Constabulary 1875-1905, ending his career in Sligo as Head Constable Rosemary Fennell is Thomas Fennell's granddaughter, and Emeritus Fellow of Linacre College, Oxford

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