Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

The Royal Irish Constabulary
Carlow R.I.C. Barracks

Source: Carloviana 1984/85  p.16-18.

Photo of First Garda Force in Carlow c.1922

The Old Garda Station in Tullow Street

 Carlow’s first police barracks in Carlow was established in Burrin Street and opened in 1840, (formerly the Yellow Lion Inn). At the Forge Cross in  Graiguecullen, serving Graiguecullen and adjoining areas. The police moved to the barracks in Tullow St., now occupied by the Garda in 1870. County Carlow was divided into two police districts, that of Carlow and Muinebeag. Co. Carlow town being county and district headquarters combined

Number 32 Tullow Street, 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.  They moved to the barracks in 32 Tullow Street in 1870. The R.I.C., departed in February 1922.

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 Murphy.


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 attender guard!).
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 Swan.

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.

LYNOP, Michael
WYTH, William


Constable William Prendergast
Died 11 January 1874, aged 51
Drowned on duty while returning from Carlow Quarter Sessions.
Sub-Constable Patrick Walsh
Died 25 October 1838
Fatally wounded in the head and body in an affray in Co. Carlow

Source: Michael Purcell, JJ Woods & Carloman2 P.P.

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