Photo of First Garda Force in Carlow c.1922
32 Tullow Street was once known as The Barracks,
formerly the Garda Siochán station. The vacant
Garda Station replaced Joseph Tynan’s seedsman
and grocery shop, who shared with James Fenlon
painter and contractor. Carlow’s first R.I.C.
barracks was established in Burrin Street in
1940, (formerly the Yellow Lion Inn). Another
Police barracks was situated at Forge Cross
Graiguecullen. They moved to the barracks in
Tullow Street in 1870. The R.I.C., departed in
The last District Inspector was Michael
Townsend and the last Head Constable was James McGlinchey.
The Civic Guards took possession on
September 28th 1922, three sergeants and twenty-eight Garda.
One of those Garda was the late Denis Flynn who lived in
Burrin Street. The first superintendent was Superintendent
I was told, year's ago, that Dinny
(Denis) Flynn had the distinction of being the only Garda
who served out his full career in the one station, Carlow;
he was never transferred. Can anyone substantiate this?
Guard Dinny Flynn, he came to Carlow in
1923 and remained here until his retirement in the 1970s,
having served in no other station!
From my youth there was:
- Guard Hickey, Montgomery St.
- Guard Foley, Barrow Track.
- Guard Broughal, Pembroke,
- Guard Byrne, Killian's Crescent,
- Guard Kelly, Barrack Street, (he was the school
- Guard McHugh.
- Guard Behan.
- Sergeant Reidy.
- Sergeant O'Neill (who was in the GPO in 1916, and a
terror to the travellers (tinkers) in his time).
- Supertendent Feore ?
Everyone knew the guards by name at the
time; most of them had lived most of their lives, raised
families and owned property in Carlow.
When a new guard arrived it was the
"talk of the town" for a while.
There were a number of Guards living
close to each other in Killian's Crescent:
Byrne, Cronin, John McHugh and John
Then there was an O'Donnell whom I
think was a detective. He and his family lived further up
the Crescent. John McHugh and family moved out to Tinryland
but I think the rest remained in the Crescent for the rest
of their lives.
Anything on Garda Hickey of Montgomery
Street I was in National School with his son John. PP
Names of officers whose details are contained in the Roll
of Honour at the National Police Memorial for IRELAND
Those who lost their lives in the line of duty:
- 1920 Timothy Delaney Constable, RIC, Co. Carlow
- 1920 John Gaughan Constable, RIC, Co. Carlow
- 1921 James Duffy Constable, RIC, Co. Carlow
This is concerning the death of a Garda
Francis King who was a member of the R.I.C and died
somewhere in County Carlow in 1887. I believe his death took
place following a violent incident at an eviction but his
death certificate says that he died of fever.
Posted on RootsChat. com
by 'Pab' in Jan 2010
1844 Royal Irish Constabulary men from Carlow.
- Died 11 January 1874, aged 51
- Drowned on duty while returning from Carlow Quarter
- Sub-Constable Patrick
- Died 25 October 1838
- Fatally wounded in the head and body in an affray in
Source: Michael Purcell, JJ Woods &
The Police in
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