This early photograph of the Irish Police (while they were still known as the Civic Guards) shows a police service in its infancy. Two officers, three sergeants and the remaining "Guards" make up the station party of what would appear to be Wexford Town. But is that the case?
7 June 1924 was a Saturday. No moustaches! Is this because of Civic Guards regulations, or fashion in 1924?
Two weeks later in Kilkenny - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/5856521817/
And in 1923 (previous year) in Waterford - https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/6225681279/
The sergeant seated to the right of the officer (from our viewpoint) and the Garda standing immediately behind the officers are wearing a shield-shaped pins on their uniforms - probably indicative of their membership of the Pioneer Total Abstinence Association. Permission was given to PTTA members to wear their Pioneer Pin on their uniforms (according to message #8 in this link: irishconstabulary.com/the-civic-guard-t1554.html)
This building on the corner Lower George's Street and Abbey Street was an RIC barracks when the GeoHive 25" map was surveyed...
They may be sitting at the window right of the door in that streetview.
Rory Sherlock, thanks for the background on the pioneer pins. A man drinking after hours could expect no mercy if he noticed the pioneer pin. It’s a great photo though.
Absolutely fascinating. So, I presume, that's why we still call them the 'guards'?
Actually, scratch that...
Nicely captured photo
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Thanks https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley - That location seems more than plausible. I've updated the description to account for the (firm) possibility...
Splendid capture. Beautiful. Congrats on well deserved explore
Fantastic photo with a great story behind it!
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Very nice. The detail you can see in the photo is amazing.
A wonderful group portrait, congrats on explore.
I went on a hunt in the news archives today - to see if I could find any names or other details of the men pictured. Searching for mentions of the Wexford-based Civic Guard, the majority of mentions are in the sports pages. It is clear that the members of this barracks were a sporting bunch - and had pretty good tug-of-war and GAA teams. (Both of whom competed in Leinster leagues during the 1920s). Among the usual court reports, the names I found were mainly of the officers - two of whom are perhaps pictured. Specifically, in 1923 the Superintendent at Wexford was a man name Haugh. By 1924, the Superintendent was a man named Downey, who was under a Chief Supt Stack. This was until 1925, when a man named M McCarthy was transferred and promoted as Chief Supt at Wexford.