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The Royal Irish Constabulary
Police Citation
By Des Moore

Source: Carloviana.  Vol. 1. No. 3. 1990 Page 112.


By Des Moore

Jeremiah C. Sheehan was born at Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, circa 1830. He served with the Royal Irish Constabulary (No. 11349), and while posted to County Laois he received a chevron and citation from the H.Q. in Dublin Castle. The county headquarters of the R.I.C. was then at Ballickmoyler, and there was a sub-station to which Sheehan was seemingly attached at Newtown.

The chevron was awarded in 1853 for saving the life of Margaret Freaney. He rescued her from drowning in a deep pit of water, presumably a flooded colliery pit.

Sheehan married (17 May 18541) Mary Anne Moore of Co. Laois, and the couple emigrated to the United States circa 1855.

To the best of my informant’s knowledge, his son married Catherine Cleary, daughter of Owen Cleary and Julia Rowe, of Castle Street, Carlow. They had a shop in that thoroughfare. It is believed that Catherine was born in 1852 in Carlow.


Chevron Awarded



Constabulary Office, Dublin Castle,
19th. Day of May, 1853.
County of Queen’s
 The Reward Board having had under consideration the spirited and humane exertions of Sub Constable Jeremiah Sheehan, 11,349 in saving a woman from drowning, in a deep pit of water at his own imminent risk.
Hereby award one Chevron to J. C. Sheehan.
Which is herewith transmitted to the County Inspector Maryboro’ May 23/53.
Transmitted to Mr. Hill with the Chevron in question.
This paper may be retained by Sub Constable Sheehan.
J. P. Hill esq.
Thos. W. Clancie,
Co. Inspector.

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Source: Carloviana.  Vol. 1. No. 3. 1990 Page 112.

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