Another book that has surfaced as I pack up.

Author Donal J O'Sullivan. Trafford Publishing. 2005. 221 pages with numerous BW photographs.

I have had a dip into this one and it is very well written and a fascinating, if sad, story. There is a lot of useful incidental information about policing in the pre war years. What is striking is the way that RIC service seemed to run in families.

John Andrew Kearney was the son of an RIC Constable (later sergeant) who had joined the force in 1862. John Kearney was briefly a teacher with the Christian Brothers before joining the force himself in 1893 aged 22. He rose rapidly through the ranks, passing the exam for Head Constable in October 1910. He was based in Tralee when Roger Casement made his ill-fated arrival there in 1916 and Kearney befriended the prisoner.

In August 1916 Kearney was promoted 3rd Class DI and posted to Boyle in County Roscommon. He remained in the RIC until disbandment and was one of 2 delegates who went to London to negotiate severance terms for RIC members prior to the force being disbanded.

In 1922 Kearney was asked by Collins to help set up the Civic Guards, which he did. Sadly, Austin Stack took a violent dislike to Kearney, claiming that, in fact. Kearney had maltreated Casement while the latter was in custody in Tralee in 1916. Stack made numerous other accusations about Kearney's activities in 1916. As a result Kearney and his family underwent a campaign of persecution. Kearney himself had to flee Ireland for England in 1922. His family followed soon after and they lost their house in Boyne.

John A Kearney remained in England for the rest of his life. The family lived initially in Letchworth, moving to Barnet in 1937. 3 of his sons served in the British Army during the Second World War. Brendan was killed while serving with the Irish Guards in 1943; Shane was killed in Germany in 1945 serving with the London Irish. John Kearney never got over the deaths of his sons and he died in Barnet on 28th January 1946. He was buried in the same plot as Brendan in Bell's Hill Cemetery, Barnet. His second wife, Mary Catherine survived him until 1967. She is interred in the same plot.

I understand there has been a campaign to rebuild John Kearney's reputation in Boyne of recent years and there is more information available about him online.

I believe this is still available, albeit from the USA. Trafford Publishing have their own website.