William Byrne, Constable / Sergeant R.I.C (Millstreet 1914-1922)

A native of Carlow, William Byrne was an RIC constable who was stationed in Kilmurray until he married Mary Riordan from Crookstown.  He was moved away from Kilmurray after marrying (normal protocol), and transferred to Millstreet after marrying  in 1914,  and remained here until the breakup of the RIC in 1922, being promoted to sergeant in 1920.



Const. Patrick Sullivan and Const. Wm, Byrne, Millstreet, have both been raised to the rank of sergeant. [Weekly Freeman’s Journal – Saturday 13 November 1920]


William and his Family:

1882 October: birth of William Byrne at Callan, Co. Kilkenny.  (not Carlow?)

1901 census: He was a clerk at a grocers in Tullow, Co. Carlow (To confirm).

1911 census: Residents of a house 11.1 in Teerelton (Teeretton, Cork) – Barrack return for Teerelton:
“B, W” is  likely “Byrne, William”. 28 yrs is correct, as is place of birth Carlow

Surname Forename Age Sex Relation to head Religion
E E 47 Male Roman Catholic
B W 28 Male Carlow,
Father: Park Burcher
Roman Catholic
McN T 23 Male Roman Catholic
S E 23 Male Roman Catholic

1914 April 28th: Marriage of William Byrne and Mary Riordan by Rev Timothy Murphy CC at Cloughduv Church. He an R.I.C of Kilmurray, son of James Byrne a farmer, she a farmer’s daughter from Crookstown, daughter of Dan Reardon a farmer, in the presence of Michael Linehan and Margaret Murphy (i+1)

1915 February 2nd: Birth of James Byrne at the Barrack, Millstreet, to Mary Byrne (née Riordan) and William Byrne, Constable RIC.
He became Fr. Jim Byrne of St. Patrick’s Mission Society (the Kiltegan Fathers). He died and was buried in Kiltegan in 1981. Read our article on Fr. Jim.

1916 November 15th: Birth of Francis Byrne (Frank) at the Barrack, Millstreet, to Mary Byrne (née Riordan) and William Byrne, Constable RIC. (Death 1961?)

1919 July 8th: Birth of Philomena Bridget Byrne at the Barracks Millstreet, to Mary Byrne (Riordan) and William Byrne, a Constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary

1921 March: Birth of William Michael Byrne (Billy)in Millstreet, to Mary Byrne (Riordan) and William Byrne, a Constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary. Died 28 FEB 2001 in  London (to confirm)

1959 April 20th: Death of William Byrne at 77 Clontarf Road Dublin, married, 77 yrs old, Retired RIC Sergeant, Toxaemia carcanoma of stomach, Phyllis Morahan, daughter present at death


TODO: where did the family come from?
the article states that he was a pupil in the Presentation Convent until 1923, but the RIC left here around February 1922. Did the family stay on here for some time? or is this an error.


Hello..Fr Jim was my mother Philomena’s brother along with Frank and Billy. They all grew up in Tullow Co.Carlow after barracks in Millstreet closed and went to school there, lived in barracks also so think my grandad William Byrne continued on in RIC or Garda until they moved to Clontarf in Dublin at later stage where my mam met my Dad. Billy joined merchant navy and was prisoner of war in 40’s met and married girl from Tullow and lived in London. Uncle Frank died young in Dublin and left wife and 3 children. Fr Jim always stayed with us in Clontarf or went to Kiltegan while home from Africa.I have visited his grave in Kiltegan he was such an interesting man . . Mary


Mary and William Byrne, with their daughter Phyllis

Robert (Bob) MORAHAN [Parents] died in 1980 in Clontarf, Dublin. Robert married Phyllis BYRNE. They had Jean (Furlong) and Mary (O’Connor).

Jean MORAHAN was born about 1954. She died in 2006:
FURLONG (née Morahan) (Sutton and formerly of Clontarf) – November 29, 2006 (peacefully), after a long illness, at home, surrounded by her loving family, Jean, loving mother of the late Jane; sadly missed by her adoring husband Declan, son Robert, daughter Gillian, sister Mary, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends. Rest in peace. Removal this (Friday) morning from her residence to St Fintan’s Church, Sutton, arriving at 10.50 o’clock for 11 o’clock Mass, thence funeral to Glasnevin Crematorium. Family flowers only, please; donations in lieu, if desired, to St Francis Hospice, Raheny.


Petty Sessions in Millstreet – he is seen from 1914-1919

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