any deficiency could be perceived in Jim Herlihy’s earlier book about
the RIC published in 1997 it would be that it provided a selected list
of 2,000 names only. This most recent publication is a monumental document
to the memory of 85,028 men. Formerly, searching the records of the
RIC was laborious but now with an alphabetic listing of all names one
can procure information quite easily.
could be argued that the data published here might best be provided
on computer disk, however such a method could not hope to enjoy the
affection this book will achieve. Just to hold the book and
flick through the pages is a fascinating invitation to word games.
I opened it casually looking for the earliest Registration Numbers:-
James Comsty 2817; John Collins 1862; Anthony Collins 385; William
Clarke 289; William Evans No.]. In five easy steps I had completed
my quest. You could call it luck but it foes illustrate the
facility with which
record can be scanned.
I perused the names I noted that those who had three Christian names
were usually officers. William Winslow was a cadet - perhaps
the Winslow boy. I would like to know more about James McGillicuddy
Eager. I found no names in the Irish language. Could Lewis and
Morse have been the original for the Inspector Morse series?
Parents seeking inspiration for a child's first name might consider
Vitringa, Ormston, Casimir, Mordaunt, Tessier or Windrum. On
pages 274/275 I found a large number of surnames in the “mc” or “Mac”
series, beginning in lower case. This did not apply to names
prefixed by “O”. The more I studied the names the more I realised
that each person had an interesting history, character and personality.
is not surprising that genealogical research by the descendants of
these men brings visitors to Ireland from around the world to seek
information. Select any name and number and Jim Herlihy can
give you date and place of birth; rank; length of service; commendations;
military or Garda Siochana service; date of marriage; trade or calling;
and in many cases where and when he was wounded or killed.
have made random tests to check the accuracy of this record and my
amazement grows at the painstaking research to provide such an accurate
reference. Indeed some of this data has been rested in courts as far
away as America. In many cases where people are seeking family
records they have discovered data that was superior to that of other
sources. RIC records predate civil registration here by almost
at the list of abbreviations to show the native counties or countries
of birth of the RIC, I note that this extends through Africa, Australia,
China, Hong Kong, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Kuala Lumpur, Mauritius,
Niagara, New Zealand, Russia, Valparaiso, even County Westmeath.
No doubt discussions in the Orderly Room were often stimulated by
the foreign experience of these men.
book is well bound (the pages lie comfortably for perusal).
It is clearly printed. I commend the publisher for providing a large
letter at the outer edge of each page for easy reference' Brendon
Colvert, IPA Journal, December 1999