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Royal Irish Constabulary List and Directory for the half-year commencing 1st July 1889, 1889.

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Originally printed and published in Dublin by John Mullany of Fleet Street and republished here is the Royal Irish Constabulary List & Directory; Containing Lists of the Constabulary Departments, Dublin Metropolitan Police, Resident Magistrates, Coast Guards, Etc. Published half-yearly, this publication is numbered 96. The etcetera component to the RIC Directory is contained in the main in the advertisements contained therein and also a miscellany of information to the general reader contained in the Directories introductory pages, some of which is extremely useful and some quite strange. For example, we are informed that in the year ending general income tax was at the rate of six old pence in the pound, which amounts to less than two new pence in the pound and the average letter cost one old penny. The introductory section also includes lists of cabinet and non-cabinet misters in Her Majesty's Government. The RIC Directory proper begins with a seniority list of the RIC from its then Inspector General, Sir Andrew Reed, down. From the rank of County Inspector down the Directory provides by date of appointment the name of officer, date of appointment, whether or not they had been awarded good service pay and/or been awarded the Crimean Medal as well as any university or professional qualifications gained. This is followed by alphabetical lists of county and district inspectors together with the dates of their appointments from 3rd through to 1st class. Further lists for this group of RIC officers include the counties, stations and post towns in which they were currently posted, alphabetical lists of RIC Stations, promotions and transfers as well as biographical return for the half year for officers who had received commendations. The list for county and district inspectors is followed by lists for head constables and sergeants - the Directory does not include details on members of the RIC and Dublin Metropolitan Police below these ranks - which includes alphabetical lists together with RIC Service number and the stations and post towns to which these officers were attached. Part 1 of the Directory in concluded with the publication of promotions in the half year and a listing of all of the RIC Stations in the country together with the district the station served and the name of the Sergeants in Charge. Part 2 of the RIC Directory begins with an alphabetical list of resident magistrates, divisional and county clerks, county coroners, count court judges and Chairmen of Quarter Sessions as well as the names of Clerks of the Peace, Part 3 treats on members of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, the divisions of the force in the City with the names of the sergeant in charge of each station; this section is concluded with lists of officers in the pay of the Coast Guard Service and lists of Hut Stations and Protection Posts. The RIC Directory is concluded with some seventy or so pages of advertisements, presumably aimed at the officers and men of the Royal Irish Constabulary. Bearing this in mind these range from the sublime - the sale of Penny Farthing in order to better carry out one's official duties - to fishing tackle, watches, whiskey and 'fine bright jewellery'. 

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