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.
The two volumes in this collection contain hand written entries recording the details of recruits and applicants to the Dublin Metropolitan Police (DMP) and An Garda Síochána. The Civic Guard (Garda Síochána) Temporary Register covers the period from February 1922 to September 1924. The Dublin Metropolitan Police General Register covers the period from 1837 to 1975, although only the entries up to 1925 have been digitised and made available online for data protection reasons. The large double ledger volumes record details such as: age or date of birth; height; trade or occupation; home town; previous public service details; and pay. Details of the religion of a recruit were added to the DMP General Register from October 1858 while the Civic Guard Temporary Register recorded chest measurements as well as height and also includes reasons for the rejection of an applicant. The volumes will be of interest to those interested in genealogy and social history, as well as the history of policing in Ireland.