Limerick Police Force, 1922

Reference code: IE LA L/PC 

  • Extent: c. 60pp
  • Scope & Content: Administrative File (1922)
  • Subjects: Limerick City Police Force
  • Creator(s): Limerick City Police Force

Biographical / Historical Note

On the 9th October 1921 the Limerick Borough Council adopted the recommendations of a Retrenchment Committee to abolish the Night Watch and pension off its members.  Meanwhile in accordance with the terms of the Anglo-Irish Treaty 1921, the RIC withdrew from Limerick City. Mayor Stephen O’Mara recruited the Limerick City Police Force, as a purely civic body, to replace both the Nightwatch and the RIC in policing the city. The impetus for establishing the police force came from a Meeting of the Merchants and Traders held at the Chamber of Commerce on Friday the 5th of May 1922. The police force were managed by a sub-committee of city officials and local businessmen. A sort of rate was collected from local businessmen to pay for this force. The body of Police consisted of 38 men, and their headquarters was situated at the City Court. The men were stationed in a number of the former RIC barracks.  The Limerick City Police Force was soon replaced by the Garda Siochana, which was founded on 8th February, 1922, and deployed all over the country over the next few months.

Administrative Information

  • Access Restrictions: N.A. 
  • Use Restrictions: N.A. 
  • Related Materials: L/MIN City Council Minute Books; P1 Limerick Chamber of Commerce

Collection Content

A. Administrative File (1922)

PDF FILE: L/PC/1. 6 May 1922-10 July 1922 

    File consisting mainly of Minutes of the City Police Force Sub-Committee, reports regarding activities of the City Police Force, and lists of subscribers to the Police Force. The Reports of the City Police Force activities generally relate to weekly periods and include entries such as ‘ man arrested drunk and disorderly’ and ‘investigated report of attempted burglary at Circular Road’ (Report of week from 2nd June to 8th June, 1922). The Sub-Committee meetings were generally held weekly in the Chamber of Commerce and matters discussed include subscriptions to the police force and the issuing of weekly pay to the police men. Includes circular letters sent to subscribers with comments such as ‘it is hardly necessary for me to point out the urgent need for such a Force to protect the Citizens and their property, and I am sure you, in common with other citizens and firms will only be too glad to forward your contribution’ (6 May 1922)

Extent: c. 60pp
Access Rules: N.A.