The HARP Society annual interdenominational service to commemorate the over 550 members of the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police who were killed in the line of duty took place at the Church of St Paul of the Cross in Mount Argus, Dublin 6W, on Saturday 26 August 2017 at 2.30pm.
Clergymen from various Christian denominations officiated at the ceremony which consisted of Old and New Testament readings and some appropriate liturgical music was provided by the Dublin County Choir directed by Mr. Brian Ingoldsby and the Dublin Concert Band, directed by Mr. Derek Mander.
The entire proceedings lasted an hour followed by some light refreshments. We also be remembered the 752 members of the RIC & 54 members of the DMP who volunteered for service in World War One, resulting in the loss of 176 RIC men (57 in 1917) and 10 DMP men (4 in 1917) were referred to during the ceremony.
For those who were unable to attend the service, you can watch a recording of the ceremony by clicking on the following link:-
RIC/DMP Commemoration Committee
CENTENARY COMMEMORATION – 10th June 2017
Inspector John Mills, DMP 9800
On Saturday 10th June 2017, at 3pm at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin an interdenominational prayer service and a wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the grave of DMP Inspector John Mills, who was struck in the head with a hurley on 10th June 1917 at Beresford Place, Dublin and died at Jervis Street Hospital on 11th June 1917.
The grave of Inspector Mills has been refurbished, jointly from funds of the Harp Society and the Mills family. Relatives of Inspector John Mills will be in attendance at the ceremony which will have the following format :-
- 1st Reading: Leslie Mills
- 2nd Reading: Joe Kennedy, Chaplain to An Garda Síochána
- Gospel: Archdeacon David Pierpoint, Church of Ireland Chaplain to An Garda Síochána.
- Wreath-Laying: Mr Leslie Mills on behalf of the Mills family & Mr Pat McCarthy on behalf of the HARP Society.
- A minute’s silence.
- Last Post: Mr Frank Duff, Dublin Concert Band.
IRISH POLICE RELATED COMMEMORATIONS – 2016 – DIARY EVENTS & DATES
On Saturday 2nd April 2016, 2pm at St. Finian’s Cemetery, Castletownbere, Co. Cork, the unveiling of a centenary commemorative plaque and a wreath was laid at the grave of RIC Constable John Hurley, killed on 26th April 1916 at Lisvernane, Co. Tipperary. A wreath was laid by Mr. Gerry Lovett, Hon. Secretary, Harp Society. The event was organised by retired Garda Sergeant Fachtna O’Donovan, Beara Historical Society.
On Sunday 3rd April 2016, 11am at Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin – the unveiling of the memorial wall to the 488 casualties of the Easter Rising by An Taoiseach took place and a wreath-laying ceremony, including the 3 members of the DMP and 14 members of the RIC. A wreath was laid by Mr. Pat McCarthy, President, Harp Society. At the unveiling the Chairman of the Glasnevin Trust stated “Today we unveil the 488 names of those known to have died in the Easter Rising – 119 were serving in the British Army.” “There were 268 civilians, 1 from Fianna Eireann, 1 from the Irish Association of Volunteer Training Corps, 15 members of the Irish Citizen Army, 63 Irish Volunteers and 17 Policemen.” There was no hierarchy, no judgement on this wall, essentially viewing the dead through a human prism. ” “One hundred years on we believe this memorial reflects the time we live in, with the overwhelming majority of the Irish people wishing to live in peace and in reconciliation, but it is for each visitor to take from the wall what they wish.”
On Sunday 24th April 2016 at the Cork Hill Entrance Dublin Castle there will be the laying of a wreath in memory of DMP Constable James O’Brien, killed at Dublin Castle on 24 April 1916.
COMMEMORATION CEREMONY – CONSTABLE JAMES O’BRIEN,
DMP 9862 (168 B)
Cork Hill, Dublin Castle at 12 noon on Sunday 24th April 2016.
The HARP SOCIETY (aka RIC/DMP Commemoration Committee) & the Dublin South Branch of the Garda Siochana Retired Members Association (GSRMA) will hold a short commemoration ceremony for Constable James O’Brien of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, at 12.00 noon on Sunday 24th April 2016, at the Cork Hill Gate of Dublin Castle, exactly 100 years after he became the first casualty of the Easter Rising when he was shot at that location at 12.00 noon on Monday 24th April 1916.
The Ceremony will consist of introductory words, an account of the death of Constable O’Brien, the laying of wreaths and the playing of the Last Post.
COMMEMORATION CEREMONY – CONSTABLE MICHAEL LAHIFF,
DMP 11047 (125 D)
St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin at 1pm on Sunday 24th April 2016.
The HARP SOCIETY (aka RIC/DMP Commemoration Committee) & the Dublin South Branch of the Garda Siochana Retired Members Association (GSRMA) will hold a short commemoration ceremony for Constable Michael Lahiff of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, at 1p.m. on Sunday 24th April 2016, at the St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin, exactly 100 years after he became the second DMP casualty of the Easter Rising when he was shot at that location on Monday 24th April 1916.
On Tuesday 26th April 2016 at 10am at Carnmore Cross – the unveiling of a commemorative stone at the site of the engagement of the Castlegar and Claregalway Volunteers and the Royal Irish Constabulary which resulted in the death of RIC Constable Patrick Whelan was killed on 26 April 1916, followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Patrick Whelan in Bohermore Cemetery, Galway.
Carnmore Cross, Co. Galway at 10.30am and at Bohermore Cemetery, Galway at 1pm on Tuesday 26th April 2016.
The unveiling of a commemorative stone and a short commemoration ceremony at the site of the engagement during the Easter Rising of the Castlegar and Claregalway Volunteers with the Royal Irish Constabulary which resulted in the death of Constable Patrick Whelan RIC will take place at 10am on Tuesday 26th April 2016, at Carnmore Cross, Oranmore, Co. Galway, exactly 100 years to the day. This will be followed at 1pm with a wreath-laying ceremony by Cathaoirleach of the County of Galway, the Mayor of the City of Galway and the Harp Society.
COMMEMORATION CEREMONY – CONSTABLE WILLIAM FRITH,
DMP 10175 (174 C)
Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold’s Cross, Dublin, between 11a.m. and 11.45a.m. on Thursday 28th April 2016.
The Dublin South Branch of the GSRMA will hold a wreath-laying ceremony for Constable William Frith of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, between 11a.m. and 11.45a.m. on Thursday 28th April 2016, at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. It is 100 years after he became the third DMP casualty of the Easter Rising when he was shot dead in his bedroom in Store Street, Dublin on Thursday 27th April 1916.
St. John’s Hospital Cemetery, Royal Hospital, KIlmainham, Dublin, at 12 noon on Thursday 28th April 2016.
The Dublin South Branch of the GSRMA will hold a wreath-laying ceremony for Constable Christopher Miller of the Royal Irish Constabulary, at 12 noon on Thursday 28th April 2016, at St. John’s Hospital Cemetery, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin. Constable Miller was one of 14 RIC casualties of the Easter Rising, however, he was the only RIC man shot dead in Dublin City at the South Dublin Union (now St. James’ Hospital) on Wednesday 26th April 1916.
The Dublin Metropolitan Police were an unarmed municipal police force who found themselves caught up in a political maelstrom not of their making and caught on the wrong side of history’s tide.
They and their countless descendants have made an immeasurable contribution to the fabric of Irish society and we of the HARP SOCIETY (www.irish-police.com) are resolved that their societal contribution be officially recognized – “to the living we owe respect but to the dead we owe only the truth.” [Voltaire]
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