Charles Rafter - Royal Irish Constabulary

Royal Irish Constabulary

He came top of the entrance examinations for the Royal Irish Constabulary, which he joined as a gentleman cadet in 1882. His first duty was to patrol Phoenix Park, Dublin, nightly, shortly after the murders of Lord Frederick Cavendish, the chief secretary of Ireland, and his under-secretary, Thomas Henry Burke, by Irish republican nationalists. He was later promoted to district inspector, and served for sixteen years, being quartered at various times in Woodford, County Galway, Ballinrobe, County Mayo, Tipperary Town, County Tipperary, and Boyle, County Roscommon. On 13 January 1885, he married Olivia Lucinda (1853–1914), daughter of Arthur Nugent JP, of Crannagh, County Galway.

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