Civic Guard (Garda Síochána) temporary register

The Civic Guard (Garda Síochána) temporary register is the earliest register of recruitment of rank and file members into An Garda Síochána. The volume starts in February 1922 and was taken out of general usage in September 1924 after the recruitment of the first 6,042 members. Not all those entered into the register are successful applicants and unsuccessful applicants are not given a registered number. The volume also records separately the members who joined from Oriel House (the Criminal Intelligence Department) and the latest entry for this section is 16/5/1929. Each entry records the following details: registered number, date of joining, name, address, date of birth, religion, if in I.R.A. - rank, if ex. R.I.C. - rank, if ex. foreign army - rank, height, chest, and remarks. From April 1923 (p. 298) a column was added for knowledge of Irish. The remarks column records general information about the recruits such as dismissal or retirement details, and changes in rank. The remarks column also details the reason why an unsuccessful applicant was rejected. Reasons for rejection include medically unfit, dental problems, and failure to meet literacy, height, or chest measurement requirements.


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