The UCD Digital Library, in partnership with SIPTU and the Garda Museum and Archives, have launched four volumes of historical significance. The DMP Prisoners Books for 1905 - 1908 & 1911 - 1918. The books are amongst the most valuable new documents to come to light on the revolutionary decade. They include important information on social and political life in the capital during the last years of the Union, from the period of widespread anticipation of Home Rule, to the advent of the 1913 Lockout, the outbreak of World War 1 in 1914, the Easter Rising and its aftermath in 1916, and include the conscription crisis of 1918. They will also be invaluable to those interested in criminology, genealogy, and family history

The collection comprises of four large leather bound, double ledger volumes containing hand written entries that record the details of daily charge sheets issued by DMP members to offenders or alleged offenders. Each volume contains the name, age, address, occupation, alleged offence and, in most cases, outcome of cases involving over 30,000 people arrested by the DMP. Each volume also contains an index of prisoners with references to the pages containing details of the charge. The information in these volumes serves, therefore, to provide new perspectives on life in Dublin during a time of war & revolution.

The four volumes have been brought together physically for the first time since the early 20th century, in part through extensive efforts by author, journalist, and trade union activist Padraig Yeates, who also facilitated the digitisation of the volumes.

The four volumes are held at the Garda Museum and Archives. View the collection online at -

With thanks to Irish Roots - issue no 98