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A Policeman's Ireland: Recollections of Samuel Waters, R.I.C.
     

A Policeman's Ireland: Recollections of Samuel Waters, R.I.C.

by Stephen Ball, David Fitzpatrick
 
Samuel Waters followed his father and grandfather into the Irish Constabulary, rising from district inspector in 1866 to assistant inspector general. His colorful and unembittered recollections encompass the Fenian Rising, The Land War and the 1916 Insurrection, after which he retired to Skerries in Co. Dublin.

These memoirs illuminate the intelligence work of the R

Overview

Samuel Waters followed his father and grandfather into the Irish Constabulary, rising from district inspector in 1866 to assistant inspector general. His colorful and unembittered recollections encompass the Fenian Rising, The Land War and the 1916 Insurrection, after which he retired to Skerries in Co. Dublin.

These memoirs illuminate the intelligence work of the R.I.C., as well as the social and sporting compensations of a policeman’s life in all four provinces. Waters records unexpectedly friendly interactions between police and army in which he had to restrain a group of Fenian fans from beating up his military opponents.

The editor’s introduction highlights the problems of policing Ireland during a century and a half of turmoil, and explains why a policeman’s job could be a relatively happy one!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859181898
Publisher:
Cork University Press
Publication date:
05/28/1999
Series:
Irish Narrative Series
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Ball is Professor at the London Institute of Education.

David Fitzpatrick is Associate Professor of Modern History at Trinity College, Dublin. His books include "Oceans of Consolation: Personal Accounts of Migration to Australia" and "Politics and Irish Life, 1913-1921: Provincial Experience of War and Revolution". He is also the series editor for Irish Narratives, all published by Cork University Press.

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