Tales Of The Royal Irish Constabulary


Read by David Wales

(4 stars; 11 reviews)

The Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC, simply called the Irish Constabulary 1836–67) was the armed police force of the United Kingdom in Ireland from the early nineteenth century until 1922. About seventy-five percent of the RIC were Roman Catholic and about twenty-five percent were of various Protestant denominations, the Catholics mainly constables and the Protestants officers. In consequence of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the RIC was disbanded in 1922 and was replaced by the Garda Síochána in the Irish Free State and the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Northern Ireland. This book of stories about the RIC, written by a staunch Crown Loyalist, was published a year before its dissolution. A few terms: Sinn Fein were insurgents fighting to establish an independent Irish state; Volunteers were local members of the Sinn Fein; Black and Tans were a force of temporary constables formed to assist the RIC; Auxiliaries or Auxiliary Cadets or merely Cadets were another group in aid of the RIC; "gone to America" was a euphemism usually meaning death (unless the context showed that it really meant emigration); "Castle" meant Dublin Castle off Dame Street, Dublin, Ireland, was until 1922 the seat of the United Kingdom government's administration in Ireland. ( david wales) (7 hr 41 min)

Chapters

The Informer 27:05 Read by David Wales
On The Run 25:22 Read by David Wales
The Landing Of Arms 24:40 Read by David Wales
The Red Cross 22:22 Read by David Wales
The R.M. 14:23 Read by David Wales
An Outlaw 26:16 Read by David Wales
The Stranger Within The Gates 16:10 Read by David Wales
Mr Briggs' Island 16:53 Read by David Wales
The Reward Of Loyalty 24:28 Read by David Wales
Poteen 21:27 Read by David Wales
The Mayor's Conscience 20:10 Read by David Wales
A Brutal Murder 13:53 Read by David Wales
Seal Island 21:10 Read by David Wales
A Family Affair 25:21 Read by David Wales
The American Nurse 21:57 Read by David Wales
Father John 19:58 Read by David Wales
The Bog Cemetery 25:25 Read by David Wales
A Jew In Gaelic Clothing 13:18 Read by David Wales
Mountain Warfare 29:29 Read by David Wales
The Great Round Up 30:13 Read by David Wales
The Truce 21:31 Read by David Wales

Reviews

Imperious perspective

(3.5 stars)

Historians will be little surprised by this one sided and prejudicial account, the biased legacy of which is sadly still with us in 2018. Still, it is always informative to understand the position of others. In retrospect some might draw parallels with the American war of Independence.