Identity Statement for Thomas Fennell

  • Reference code: IE UCDA P108
  • Title: Papers of Thomas Fennell, RIC
  • Dates: c.1938
  • Level of description: Item
  • Extent: 120pp
  • Content and Structure
  • Conditions of Access and Use

Scope and Content

Typescript copy of a memoir by Head Constable Thomas Fennell, RIC, consisting of general observations on the history and nature of the Royal Irish Constabulary, based upon his own thirty years service and varied experience of the force. Included are comments on the emergence and early days of the force; the social background, conditions of service, training and calibre of officers and recruits; relations between the force and the general public, and changes brought about by agrarian militancy and nationalism; the structure and distribution of the force, its daily routine, operational procedures and discipline; the administration of the law in general; the RIC as an intelligence resource for government; and the inequities of a promotion system based upon religion rather than merit. Also includes comment upon wider issues with particular reference to landlordism. Attached is a typescript copy of Thomas Fennell's service record and photocopies of two obituaries (22 May 1948).


  • Access: Available by appointment to holders of a UCD Archives reader's ticket. Produced for consultation in original format. Original material will be retrieved at 11am and 2pm only.
  • Language: English