September 8, 2009 · 9:38 pm
Dan Waters, RIC
That’s my great grandfather, Dan Waters. I suppose he’s part of the story, or the backstory at least. In my story, Blackwatertown, some of the main protagonists are RUC men – that is, members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary, the police. It was a very controversial organisation over the years, but more on that another time.
My great grandfather Dan joined the predecessor of the RUC, which was the RIC, the Royal Irish Constabulary. The Irish Constabulary was set up in 1835, and was granted the prefix Royal by Queen Victoria in 1867 after suppressing a nationalist rebellion. Dan himself joined later, according to his card, on May 11th, 1875.
The RIC disappeared in 1922 with the partitioning of Ireland into the six counties of Northern Ireland in the north east, and the twenty six counties of what is now the Republic of Ireland. Tough times for many members. In the south the RIC was replaced by the unarmed Civic Guards, who were renamed the Garda Siochana.
They’re still there. In the north, the I became a U, and the RIC became the Royal Ulster Constabulary. (Northern Ireland comprises six of the nine counties of the province of Ulster.) It’s the RUC who feature in my book Blackwatertown.
So – does this personal link make me any better or worse qualifed to write a story about policemen in Ireland?
Filed under family history, history
Tagged as blackwater, blackwatertown, Dan Waters, family history, Garda Siochana, image, police, RIC, Royal irish Constabulary, Royal Ulster Constabulary, RUC
7 responses to “Dan Waters RIC man”
I won’t presume to comment on your credentials. But hey, didn’t people have lovely handwriting back in the 1870s?
Those happy days before TV, when neighbours would gather to admire each other’s copperplate.
Got a few of those guys in my own background. Not officers though.
Howdy, Recently I discovered your blog. Good. Thanks for sharing it with me.
Excellent series. Lovely site. Good work.
This is my first visit here, but I will be back soon, because I really like the way you are writing, it is so simple and honest
What fun to have that picture in the family. As years go on and the queen is no more, it will, I believe, be more precious to you because here was a woman who literally gave up her life to service to her country. And it is a picture that honors here participation in the ranks of the military during WWII. Then there is the matter of your Great Uncle’s achievement on its own. What a lovely family history.