The Dublin Castle administration was the government of Ireland under English and later British rule, from the 12th century until 1922. The Royal Irish Constabulary records, in documenting the fraught relationship between the two countries, vividly recreate British Government policy, with the monthly reports illustrating the response to attempts at social, economic and political reform.
Chronicling the British administration in Ireland, the collection contains papers that relate to routine civil administration; and others that disclose information on prominent figures, including Eamon De Valera, Maud Gonne and Countess Markievicz. The papers illustrate the methods of Dublin Castle's police system and offer insights into the legal and political inhibition.
In The Dublin Castle Records, 1798-1926, researchers will find statistical breakdowns of crime, tension between farmers and ranchers in the west of Ireland, reports from spies on secret society activity and government monitoring of political organizations. Memoranda cover various Nationalist movements, including Ribbonism, United Irish League, Sinn Fein and, at the other end of the political spectrum, Ulster Unionists. Many minor societies and organizations are recorded together with details of leading opposition members. Also included are accounts of judicial proceedings, censorship of seditions literature and other documents.
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