R.I.C. Nominal Returns for Millstreet

At the start of each year, the Royal Irish Constabulary (R.I.C.) gave a nominal return (listing) of all personnel in each county with details of their service number, rank, name, barrack, religion, appointment date, marriage status, and sometimes other information. The R.I.C. remained in Millstreet until January/February 1922 when the Barrack in the Square was taken over. Below are the details of the personnel listed in those nominal returns for the Millstreet Barrack:

8th Jan 1910

Service # Rank Name Religion Appointment Date  
52443 Sgt Mulcahy Patrick RC 25-4-87 /
1-11-04
56316 Bransfield John RC 01/02/94 M
43535 Con Cahill Martin RC 08/02/78 M
56899 Flynn John RC 01/05/95 M
58402 Sullivan Thomas RC 15/08/98 M
56257 Patrick Sheehan RC 02/01/94 M

 

1911

52443 Sgt Mulcahy Patrick RC 25-4-87 / 1-11-04 M
56316 Bransfield John RC 01/02/94 M
43535 Con Cahill Martin RC 08/02/78 M
56899 Flynn John RC 01/05/95 M
60683 Con Sullivan Patrick RC 15/04/02 M

 

TODO ?? What happened to the records for the years 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915 ??

1914

Sergeant in Charge –
Name: Patrick Mulcahy
Station: Millstreet
District: Macroom
County: West Cork

13 Jan 1916

52443 Sgt Mulcahy Patrick RC 25-4-87 / 1-11-04
62210 Con Byrne Wm RC 01/11/06
43535 Con Cahill Martin RC 08/02/78 M
60161 Lougheed William E RC 02/09/04 M
62283 Mullane Michael RC 05/12/06 M
60683 Con Sullivan Patrick RC 15/04/02 M

6 Jan 1917

52443 Sgt Mulcahy Patrick RC 25-4-87 / 1-11-04
62210 Con Byrne Wm RC 01/11/06
43535 Con Cahill Martin RC 08/02/78 M
63563 Con Deegan Thomas J RC 23/04/08 M
60161 Lougheed William E RC 02/09/04 M
62283 Mullane Michael RC 05/12/06 M
60683 Con Sullivan Patrick RC 15/04/02 M

6 Jan 1917

52443 Sgt Mulcahy Patrick RC 25-4-87 / 1-11-04
62210 Con Byrne Wm RC 01/11/06
43535 Con Cahill Martin RC 08/02/78 M
63563 Con Deegan Thomas J RC 23/04/08 M
60161 Lougheed William E RC 02/09/04 M
62283 Mullane Michael RC 05/12/06 M
60683 Con Sullivan Patrick RC 15/04/02 M

5th Jan 1918

52443 Sgt Mulcahy Patrick RC 25-4-87 / 1-11-04
62210 Con Byrne Wm RC 01/11/06
43535 Con Cahill Martin RC 08/02/78 M
63563 Con Deegan Thomas J RC 23/04/08 M
60161 Lougheed William E RC 02/09/04 M
60683 Con Sullivan Patrick RC 15/04/02 M

1919

52443 Sgt Mulcahy Patrick RC 25-4-87 / 1-11-04
62210 Con Byrne Wm RC 01/11/06 M
43535 Con Cahill Martin RC 08/02/78 M
63563 Con Deegan Thomas J RC 23/04/08 M
60161 Lougheed William E RC 02/09/04 M
66027 Con Stenson Patrick RC 17/07/11 S
60683 Con Sullivan Patrick RC 15/04/02 M

14th Jan 1920

 

52443 Sgt Mulcahy Patrick RC 25-4-87 / 1-11-04
62210 Con Byrne Wm RC 1-11-06 / 1-9-20
63563 Con Deegan Thomas J RC 23/04/08 M
64127 Hickey Thomas RC 13/07/08 M
61765 Lydon Matthew J RC 26/03/06 M
62739 McAuliffe John RC 01/07/07 M
60683 Con Sullivan Patrick RC 15/04/02 M

 

What becomes abundantly clear here is the jump in personnel from seven in 1920 to twenty one in 1921, and thirty six in the photo below taken later in 1921. This was due mainly to the influx of the auxiliaries and the black & tans at that time. In 1921 for the first time we see protestants on the list.

1921

62210 Sgt Byrne Wm RC 1-11-06 / 1-9-20 M
52443 Sgt Mulcahy Patrick RC 25-4-87 / 1-11-04 M
60683 Sgt Sullivan Patrick RC 15-4-02 / 1-8-20 M
73169 Con Adey, George.
(2 Acfold Road, Fulham. Clerk, ex marine. born 12/11/00)
P 21/09/20 S
71037 Con Barry James RC 13/04/20 M
63563 Con Deegan Thomas J RC 23/04/08 M
61391 Con Dowd Michael J RC 15/05/05 M
73329 Con Duckham G.H.S
(labourer, born 6 may.1900)
Murdered near Clondrohid in June 1921 when returning from his wedding
P 24/09/20 S
73328 Con Duckham Wm H.
(born 1901. 4 Bridle Path, Beddington, Surrey)
P 24/09/20 S
73332 Con Jackson Ernest Edward P 24/09/20 M
68765 Con Joyce John RC 03/10/16 S
69781 King James RC 01/07/19 S
61765 Lydon Matthew Joseph RC 26/03/06 M
63385 Meade James RC 24/10/07 M
67850 Murphy James Joseph RC 18/05/14 S
64514 McGrath William RC 15/12/08 S
73311 Pennyfather Charles A
(Cork Cutter from London. born 18/12/97)
P 24/09/20 S
71116 Reynolds Paul RC 22/04/20 S
64100 Ryan Joseph RC 09/07/08 M
71833 Sands (Sandys?) Henry William P 06/07/20 S
69704 Somers Daniel RC 01/05/19 S
71945 Stone Herbert John
(born 01/06/91, Banker, ex-soldier, 19 jun 20 to ?)
P 19/07/20 S
From Picture Millstreet. The little girl in front is Patricia Deegan, with her father Sergeant Thomas J Deegan.

 

These are further names from the Nominal Roll Books from 1919-1921 that we seem to have missed somehow:
Brierley Walter Constable 77877
George Henry William Thomas Constable 80848
Murphy Michael Constable70818
Pyrah Herbert Constable 77579
Spyer Charles William Constable 78385

Please Note: It is obviously not a complete list of personnel in Millstreet. Some could be here for a short time, and not be here at the end of the year when the returns were made. It often leads to confusion of a sort.

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Other Police:
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1901 census: Residents of a house 22.2 in Main Street (Drishane, Cork)

Surname Forename Age Sex Rank/
Born/
Father’s Occupation
Religion
B
(Patrick Beirne)[1903]
P

 

42 Male District Inspector
Co. Dublin
Farmer’s Son
Roman Catholic
Married
McE

(McEntee [1]) [1903]

P 38 Male Head Constable
Co. Monaghan
Farmer’s Son
Roman Catholic
Married
H
(William
Higgins)
W 43 Male Sergeant
Co.Cork
Commercial Clerk-Leather
Church of Ireland
Widower
B M 40 Male Farmer’s Son Roman Catholic
Not Married
H T 38 Male Queen’s County
Farmer’s Son
Roman Catholic
Not Married
L
(Constable John J Lee)
J J 31 Male Co. Roscommon
Scholar
Roman Catholic
Married
H
Jeremiah
Hallissey?
J 32 Male Co. Limerick
Farmer’s Son
Roman Catholic
Married
C J 26 Male Co. Limerick
Scholar
Roman Catholic
Not Married
G T
Constable Thomas Griffin? [2]
25 Male Co. Kerry
Farmer’s Son
Roman Catholic
Not Married 

1901 census: Residents of a house 1000 in Rathcoole (Rathcool, Cork)
The Barrack in Rathcoole Village was at Rathcoole Cross Roads (1890s Map)

Surname Forename Age Sex Rank /
Birth place /
Father’s occupation
Religion /
married
L C 53 Male Wicklow
Agri Labourer
R Catholic
Not married
S M 40 Male Kerry
Farmer’s son
R Catholic
Married
S P 23 Male Sligo
Farmer’s son
R Catholic
Not married

1901 census: Residents of a house 17 in Brookpark (Kilcorney, Cork)
Mushera RIC Sub Station at Brookpark (Ivale)

Surname Forename Age Sex Rank / County of Birth / father’s occupation Religion / married
R W 39 Male Co. Galway
Clerk Provision Store
R Catholic
not married
D T 27 Male Co. Cavan
Farmer’s son
R Catholic
not married
D W 23 Male Co. Limerick
Grocer and Spirit Shop Assistant
R Catholic
not married
S J 24 Male Co. Tipperary
Grocer and Spirit Shop Assistant
R Catholic
not married

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The 1911 census of the barracks gives just the initials of the constables (for safety reasons?). These are expended here using the yearly returns (above)

1911 Census – Residents of a house 22.1 in Main Street (Drishane, Cork)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
Mulcahy
(family)
Patrick 43 Male Roman Catholic
Sheehan
(family)
Patrick 39 Male Roman Catholic
Bransfield
(family)
(more info)
John 38 Male Roman Catholic
Flynn
(family)
John 38 Male Roman Catholic
F M 36 Male Roman Catholic
Kelleher
(family)
Patrick 30 Male Roman Catholic

1911 census:  Residents of a house 1000 in Coolykeerane (Coomlogane, Cork)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
C
(Martin Cahill?)
M 55 Male Co. Clare
farmer’s son
R Catholic
married
I B 42 Male Co. Galway
Clerk
C of Ireland
married

1911 census: Residents of a house 39 in Rathcool (Rathcool, Cork)
Rathcoole Sub Barrack (Kanturk District)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
A C 46 Male Roman Catholic
N J 50 Male Roman Catholic
OC M 25 Male Roman Catholic
T D 24 Male Roman Catholic

1911 census: Residents of a house 16.2 in Cloonbannin East (Skagh, Cork)
Clonbanin Station (Kanturk District)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
D J 46 Male Roman Catholic
S I 42 Male Roman Catholic
M N J 34 Male Roman Catholic
D C 31 Male Church of Ireland
M A 27 Male Roman Catholic
M J 25 Male Roman Catholic

1911 census: Residents of a house 25 in Cullen Town (Cullen, Cork)
Cullen Barrack (Kanturk district)

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
D W 44 Male Roman Catholic
O S D E 28 Male Roman Catholic
C M 24 Male Roman Catholic
L C J 23 Male Roman Catholic
N D 23 Male Roman Catholic

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Further details on some of the men:

See more on the family of William Byrne in this article on his son Fr. James Byrne.

73328 Duckham Wm Henry – 28 Oct 1901 – 5ft 8′ – from London – Protestant – Recommendation: Major Fleming Cl – labourer – 24 Sept 20 – Cork WR – 1 Oct 20

73329 Duckham George HS – 6 May 1900 – 5ft9′ – from London – Protestant – Recommendation: Major Fleming Cl – Milkman – 24 Sept 20 – Cork WR – 1 Oct 20

73311 Pennyfather Chas A – 18 Dec 1897 – 5ft 8 – from London – Protestant – Recommendation: Major Fleming Cl – Cork Cutter, ex soldier – 24 Sept 20 – Cork WR – 1 Oct 20 –
Punishments: 4 days pay 2-4-21, £1 10-6-21, Dismissed 23-11-21
(TODO: was he the one that shot Captain Paddy McCarthy at Mill lane on 22nd Nov 1921 ???)

52443 Mulcahy Patrick – aged 20 when appointed – 5ft10′ – from Tipp SR – Catholic – 18-9-95 – Kerry – Recommendation: D.I. Shoveller – groom – 25 April 87 – Kerry 17 Sept 87, Cork W.R 19-4-95 – A.Sergeant 1-4-02, Sergeant 1-11-04, H Const 12-5-21.
Disbanded 5-5-22, Cork N.W. no 12, CA £236-13-4

District Inspectors 1905
John Rowan Millstreet
John J Lee

List of C.F.F. Subscribers  (C.F.F => Constabulary Force Funds)
35698 Const John Nicholson, Main St. Millstreet, Co. Cork

Head Constable (Sergent in charge)
52552 Charles H Gillis 1905, 1906
Patrick Mulcahy –Jan 1907

Thomas J Deegan was promoted to Sergeant in Millstreet on 1st March 1921 according to his service record [R.D.]

Patrick Mulcahy was promoted to Head Constable on May 21st 1921. Head Constable was a senior rank in the Royal Irish Constabulary, with authority lying somewhere between the ranks of Inspector and Superintendent. (TODO: see article on patrick mulcahy)

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DONE: Charles Pennyfather was discharged the day after Captain Paddy McCarthy was killed on Mill Lane. Was he the one that fired the murderous shot? NO: His dismissal was exactly a year later – Nov 1920 => Nov 1921.

TODO: who was the M.F. in the 1911 census above?

TODO: Complete, and publish further RIC personnel notes  HERE, currently unstructured and unordered.

TODO:  is the above 62283 Michael Mullane the same michael mullane as Dublin Metropolitan police 1924? or even the same one as was  in WWI HERE?

TODO: how did the C.F.F. Fund work?

NOTE: we will add to this article as we find more details

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MILLSTREET POLICE BARRACK.
The CHIEF SECRETARY, in reply to Mr. Sheehan, said there was no accommodation for married men at the Milltreet barracks. The District-inspector resided in one portion of the building, and the nine remaining apartments were occupied by eight men. The question of abolishing the station as district headquarters would be considered hereafter. At present it was considered premature to discontine the station.
Mr. SHEEHAN asked the Chief Secretary whether he is aware that there are seven married constables stationed in Millstreet receipt lodging allowances, and that one of these resides in the police barrack, and if so, will lie state under what rule of order he receive* lodging allowance.
Mr. WYNDHAM—Two of the married constables at Millstreet in receipt of the lodging allowance live in barracks* although their families are accommodated outside, the allowance of week is payable under the rules of the force for families of married men not accommodated in the barracks.
[Cork Examiner – Thursday 30 June 1904]

MILLSTREET POLICE BARRACK. Answering Mr. Sheehan, who atked whether Constable Ahern occupies tliat portion of the Millstrect Pelice Barrack known as the hospital, does his wife live in these apartments with him, is he one of the constables stated to m receipt of lodging-out allowance, and will he give the names of the two constables -who live the barrack and who are in receipt of lodging allowances? The CHIEF SECRETARY said the reply to the first two questions is in the affirmative, and to the third in the negative. The names of the two men referred at the end of the question are Sergeant Crowley and Constable Smyth; The former has recently retired from the force. ult, the sergeant of Royal Irish Constabulary at Hallow requisitioned extra police from other stations ; if so, will state what authoaity this was done, and why; whether anything in the nature of a public meeting was announced for, or took place in Tallow its neigh hour hoed on the si on, and whether the County Council Waterford will called upon pay any part of the expense caused on the date mentioned bv the action of this policeman. Tiie CHIEF SECRETARY—Some additional police arrived at Tallow the date mentioned. They were ordered the County Inspector. No meeting was announced to be held and none was held. The men were drafted from the stations in the county. The reply to the last question is. consequently, in the negative. [Cork Examiner – Friday 08 July 1904]

Kanturk, Newmarket, Millstreet area marked in RED INK
[Cork Examiner – Monday 06 June 1904]

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Other policemen in Millstreet

Thomas Barrett, Constable (before 1889 – after 1905)
William Higgins, Sergeant (1890s – 1900s)
Martin Cahill, Constable R.I.C. Millstreet (c.1900-c.1920)

Constable John Reilly mentioned 1901, 1903, 1903, 1904, 1904 left in 1904
District Inspector McMahon (Jan 1900)
Constable O’Connell (Jan 1900)
Constable TS Lawless 1901 1903
Constable Costello 1903
Acting-Sergeant Lee (John Lee above?) 190x (1903), 1904, District Inspector 1905 (below)
Constable Thomas O’Neill 1904
Constable John Heron 1904
Constable Ward 1904

Acting Sergeant John Prenderville 1904
Constable Ormsby 1904
Jeremiah Hallissey 1901 census
Thomas Meade (Retired RIC Sgt, 1901 census)
Head Constable Gillis 1904, 1904 (was there a Gilleese?)
Constable Ahern 1904
Constable Featon(Fenton/Fintan) Kirwin 1904 [ancestry] TODO
Constable Pearse Joseph O’Ryan (Birn Australia) 1901 census – main street
Constable John Arthur Jones [1901 census pound hill with family] [1900 birth of Jane pound hill] [Unknown Jones born Feb 1902] wife Mary Charles [marriage] [wife’s birth (?)] [Timoleague 1903] [son born 1905 in innishannon]

TODO: figure out the names
TODO: newspapers 1900-1904 complete, continue outside this

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TODO: other sub barracks – mushera clonbanin rathcoole cullen? maybe some of the men were staying there

Millstreet District (Cork W.R) R.I.C. stations 1890:
Millstreet No. 1
Millstreet No. 2
Ballyvourney
Coolykerane
Kippagh

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RIC movements 1904 (Closure of Carriganima station)
Sergeant Rogers, from Adrigale to Millstreet headquarters ;
Sergeant Farry, from Millstreet, the Cavan Force; In consequence of the discontinuance of Carriganimmy, Millstreet district, as a police station, the party are allocated as follows : Acting Sergeant Eager, to Bandon No. 2; Constables M’Namara, to Macroom; Hennessy, Millstreet; and Gilligan, to Kilmurray.
Constable Dwyer, from Tarleton, to Millstreet;
Constable Reilly, from Millstreet to Clonakilty;
[Cork Examiner – Friday 02 December 1904]

Mushera Station. District of Millstreet, Cork (West Riding), and Clonbanin, Kanturk district, Cork (East Riding), have been discontinued as police stations; and it is understood that a further reduction of sub-districts in Soutbern counties will also made.
[Cork Examiner – Saturday 14 May 1904]
TODO: where was the station at Mushera (there is a 1901 census return for it … Ivale I think)?

 

Funeral of J and Wm Herlihy 1904
…Head-constable Carroll, Sergeants Crowley and Prenderville, Constables Cahill, Ormsby, Sullivan. Heron, etc., Millstreet;…
[Cork Examiner – Tuesday 05 July 1904]

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Florence Sullivan Reg No 57475.

Thanks to Jim Herlihy’s advice I now know from his service record that my grandfather served in Clare 1896-1903, Cork 1903-1912, Antrim 1912-1916 Acting Sgt 1914-1917, Lismore, Waterford 1916-1917 and Cork as Sgt 1917-1921 some of my grandfathers time in the RIC was spent in Millstreet Co Cork I don’t know when or for how long I know he retired on 1st March 1921. [Geraldine]

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Sergeant Mick Sullivan, RIC, stationed Millstreet in 1887? [1]

William Doherty c.1917 [2]

Thomas Hobbins district Inspector RIC in 1901 he was living in Caher, Kerry he was from Tipp. was married in 1882 in Limerick – stationed in Bandon in 1884 Millstreet in 1886 and in Limerick in 1890 he died between 1901-1911 [3]

Constable Jeremiah Brennan, RIC 45201 was born in Co. Kerry in 1856 & he joined the RIC in 1880, promoted acting sergeant in 1905 & sergeant in 1907, serving in Tipperary N.R., Cork W.R. (Muckross Hut, Millstreet), Cork E.R, (Killavullen, Ballinhassig & Newmarket). He was awarded the silver medal in 1902 in Cork of the Dublin Society For the Prevetion of Cruelty to Animals, having had numerous prosecutions before the Petty Sessions, was pensioned in 1910 and died in Newmarket, Co. Cork in 1946. [4]

A Sergeant Daniel Houlihan No 55280 from Co Kerry enlisted 8th Oct 1892 & served in Roscommon, Cork, Clare & Kildare. He was pensioned on 1st Mar 1920. He married Ellie Hickey from Millstreet Co Cork on 12th Feb 1901 in Cullen Church. His father was Denis Houlihan farmer – so I guess Helena was his sister. [5]

 

1 thought on “R.I.C. Nominal Returns for Millstreet”

  1. My grandfather was a tan from jan 1921 to feb 1922, i know he was stationed in Monaghan, is there nominal roles for the RIC stns in Monaghan so that i can find where his police stn was

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