Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

R.I.C. Hacketstown Barracks
Co. Carlow

OSi map of Hacketstown 1913 Showing RIC Station.

Hacketstown RIC Station in 2020

Here is what the Nationalist reported about the Hacketstown barracks and the events that unfolded at it in the Hacketstown notes 20th January 1923:

“Civic Guards -A Sergeant and four members of the Civic Guard arrived in Hacketstown from the depot on Wednesday and took up their quarters in the barracks that had been prepared for them at Kilconnaught, about a quarter mile from town. On Friday night a party of men numbering about a dozen, armed with rifles and revolvers and having gained admittance ordered the guards to pack up their personal belongings and be ready to quit at the word of command. All government property such as beds , clothing , uniforms etc. were piled in a heap in the yard and drenched with petrol and set alight. Thee Guards were then marched towards town and warned under pain of serious penalties not to be found in possession of the building again.

The burning was subject to vigorous denunciation from the alter on Sunday by Rev. Father Monahan P.P. , who called the civil population to support the civic guards, whom they were all glad to welcome amongst them, and thus show these unarmed, unoffending men that they (the public) had no sympathy with the perpetrator of the outrage.”


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