- The Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) was the armed police force of the United Kingdom in Ireland from the early nineteenth century until 1922.
- A separate civic police force, the unarmed Dublin Metropolitan Police, controlled the capital.
- The RIC's successful system of policing influenced the armed Canadian North-West Mounted Police (predecessor of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police), the armed Victoria Police force in Australia, and the armed Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in Newfoundland.
- In consequence of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, the RIC was disbanded in 1922 and was replaced by the Garda Síochána in the Irish Free State and the Royal Ulster Constabulary in Northern Ireland.
The content on this website is drawn mainly from a dissertation submitted as part of the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Heritage Studies at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, Mayo Campus, 2015.
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