THE ROYAL IRISH Constabulary, founded in 1867, was disbanded in 1922 following the War of Independence, paving the way for the creation of a police force which would become An Garda Síochána.
The Civic Guard was established in the RIC’s wake, which was later renamed An Garda Síochána. A separate Dublin force, established in 1836, merged with the national organisation in 1925.
The Garda Museum has compiled a range of documents, photographs and artefacts for its exhibitions on the history of policing in Ireland, including the following images:
(All images published here courtesy of the Garda Press Office)