Well we've done it - we have achieved over ten million page views of this forum! My thanks to you - our readers, members and most of all contributors - who have shared this journey and helped create a unique and accessible resource for historians and genealogists.
Looking back on the time line we struggled for a few years to get a viable web presence, but in 2011 we made over 2 million views. The rise since then has been very strong, and indeed in the last 4 months we made another million. Individual visits (i.e, unique visitors who will view one or more pages) currently stands at over 1.4 million. I believe this is a significant underestimate - I raised a ticket with Yuku as I noticed the figures fluctuating massively - by 10's of thousands - but they could never give me a reason other than it being a known bug. I think the true figure is probably over 2 million.
Membership stands at around 500, fairly low but I feel that most viewers are unwilling to join or perhaps prefer to dip in and out (and maybe they prefer social media sites more). But in fairness I do keep pretty strict entry criteria to weed out spammers, sectarians and other fanatics (both Orange and Green) who would otherwise turn this into another Politics.ie. I have played with the idea of making the forum 'open' but without full time moderation of posts this will remain a consideration for the future only.
So what now? There is so much more still to be done: the role of the RIC in the Great War year by year has been established as work in progress but largely stalled due to pressures on my time (I could do with some volunteers to bring this back on track); loads more to do on badges and equipment, the history of the police during the Famine and Land War needs to be properly researched and told. The War of Independence is a highly popular (sadly, in my opinion, to the exclusion of many more interesting stories), and there is a massive amount of work that I intend to start for 2019 onwards.
But one of the key drivers for me in running this site - the opening up of the history of the Irish police, the identification and remembrance of individuals and the appreciation of good police duty where done - has I think taken a massive step forward. Again, a big thanks to all who shared their family stories and photos so that these men will never be forgotten.
And finally, a big ask from me that you continue to send in those snippets of your family history; photos of men, barracks, medals, documents; if you have not joined the forum then do so (read the FAQ's!), and let us together continue to keep this an active and primary web resource for the history of the Irish Constabularies.