Joined the County Constabulary, 1828:
George joined the County Constabulary 1 Sept 1828, RIC no.560. See his RIC service record.
He joined the rank and file (non-commissioned), below the officers (cadet school, commissioned).
He would have started as some class of Sub-Constable.
Age given as 21 (no need to lie since you could join at age 19). Height - 5 ft 9 in (minimum acceptable height). Trade or calling - "none".
Members of the police were forbidden to belong to "any political society whatsoever, or to any secret society whatsoever, except the Society of Freemasons".
He was recommended by "A. Blennerhassett, J.P." He had to be personally known to his recommender, who could be from various categories, including a local J.P. That is, Cashel must be from same area as A. Blennerhassett.
The letter of recommendation would have been in his RIC personnel file, which would have been destroyed.
He would have been in training for about 6 months first, 1828-29.
He was stationed Co.Waterford, c.1st Mar 1829.
He was probably stationed in or near Clashmore, Co.Waterford (see old map and modern street view) since in the disciplinary action of Sept 1829 he was brought before Clashmore Petty Sessions by the Chief Constable of Clashmore.
Note you were not allowed serve in your home county (Co.Kerry).
Disciplined in Co.Waterford, 1829:
There was a disciplinary action in Sept 1829 brought against Sub-Constable "George Cashell" in Co.Waterford for being drunk (presumably on duty).
He was fined, but allowed to continue in the constabulary.
Possibly disciplined in Co.Kerry, 1833:
There was a disciplinary action in Oct 1833 brought against a "Constable Cashel" of the "Kerry Police" for being found intoxicated. It is recommended that he be disrated (reduced to a lower rank), not dismissed.
This looks like our George Cashel since it is just before he is transferred to Co.Tipperary (1 Nov 1833).
On the other hand, he was thought to be a Sub-Constable not a Constable. (Maybe he was disrated from Constable back to Sub-Constable because of this.) And he should not be of the Kerry Police since you were not allowed serve in your home county.
Under "Punishments" in Cashel's RIC record is "Reprimanded and Removed", document reference 68868 - 8414.
Co.Tipperary, 1833 to 1858:
He was stationed Co.Tipperary, S.R., from 1 Nov 1833.
He was probably stationed in or near Mullinahone, where he met his wife.
Note you were forbidden to marry until after 7 yrs service (1835).
The County Constabulary became the Irish Constabulary 1836.
must be stationed at the old
Mullinahone police station
children are bapt then at Mullinahone.
In the 1840s
his wife's Kickham relations
became increasingly nationalist.
He was stationed Co.Wexford 1st Mar 1858.
He was promoted to 2nd class Head Constable (nearly highest rank below officers) 1st Mar 1858, document ref 68868 - 10078.
In [RIC List, 1858, 2nd half] he is listed at Ferns police station, Ferns, Co.Wexford, though he is not listed as the Constable in charge of the station.
See his appearances in Ferns Petty Sessions, Aug-Oct 1858. He is listed as Head Constable, and as both "George Cashel" and "George Cashell".
Co.Carlow, 1858 to 1867:
He was stationed Co.Carlow, 1st Nov 1858, transfer document reference A - 64363 - 3901.
In [RIC List, 1859, 1st half] to [RIC List, 1859, 2nd half] he is listed as the Constable in charge of Leighlinbridge police station, Leighlinbridge, Co.Carlow.
In [RIC List, 1860, 1st half] to [RIC List, 1867, 1st half] he is listed as the Constable in charge of Bagenalstown police station, Co.Carlow, the head quarters of Bagenalstown district.
See [RIC List] 1860-63 listings:
(todo) See [RIC List] listings for 1863-67 at findmypast.
See his appearances in Bagenalstown Petty Sessions, Dec 1859 to Sept 1866. He is listed as Head Constable, and as both "George Cashel" and "George Cashell".
He lived at Bachelors Walk, Bagenalstown.
Under "Rewards, Marks of Distinction and Favourable Records" in George's RIC record is a hard to read entry, something like: "2nd Sheet" with document reference "B - 12312 - 3013" or similar.
Mary probably dies, pre-1861:
George retires, 1867:
He was pensioned 1 Feb 1867 (perhaps at 60th birthday), document ref A - 74 899 - 4795. Length of service given as 38 years 4 months (which would be Oct 1828 to Jan 1867 inclusive). No injuries received in course of duty over entire career.
His pension was awarded in [CSORP, 1867, no.1510], dated 28 Jan 1867. He is listed at Co.Carlow. This paper no longer exists.
Pension records say pension started 1 Feb 1867. £50 per year. Paid a quarter of that every 3 months.
He retired just before the Irish Constabulary was prominent in the suppression of the Fenian Rising of Mar 1867.
In [RIC List, 1867, 2nd half] he is gone.
Irish Constabulary became Royal Irish Constabulary Sept 1867.
He lived with his son William Henry, who worked on the railways.
wrote letter shortly before Feb 1869
to his brother-in-law
William Kickham in USA.
George's letter sent from
(where his son William Henry was
William Kickham replied in
letter of Feb 1869.
He is listed as "George Blennerhassett Cashel, gentleman" at his son Blen's mar 1869 [GROI].
He would be "George Cashel" who sp bapt of his grandson Michael Thomas Sheahan 1871.
"George S. Cashel" sponsors the baptism of his grandson Willie Cashel in 1875.
George dies, 1882:
He died Wed 21 June 1882, Railway Station, Carlow town (his son William's house) [GROI], age 75 yrs.
See notice in Irish Times, Fri 23 June 1882, listed as "George S. Cashel", age 72.
See notice in Freeman's Journal, 23 June 1882, [NLI] microfilm, listed as "George S. Cashel", age 72.
He is listed as "George S. Cashel" in [Carlow Sentinel, Sat 24th June, [BL.NL] M 4557] and [Carlow Independent, Sat 24th June, [BL.NL] M 20167].
No notice of death found in Kerry Evening Post, [KCL] RR microfilm, 21st June - 5th July.
Funeral Fri 23 June from Carlow Cathedral.
He was bur at Killeshin, Co.Laois (just across border from Carlow town).
Will proved 21st Sept 1882 at Principal Registry, Dublin, by his son William [NAI]. He is described as "Constabulary Pensioner". See image of entry. Will burnt in Four Courts 1922.
George and Mary had issue (all Catholic):
This is interesting. Despite having been a policeman, George Cashel seems to have supported Home Rule in the 1870s.
He must be "George Cashel" at a meeting of electors of Carlow Borough on 19 Dec 1879. The meeting supported the candidacy of Patrick A. McCraith, a Home Ruler. (McCraith did not, however, run in the 1880 election.)
From The Nation, December 27, 1879.
According to the current theory, George Cashel would be 1st cousin of Richard Francis Blennerhassett (died 1854) who was father of Rowland Ponsonby Blennerhassett, Home Rule MP in 1872.
First part of George Cashel's RIC record.
Showing that he was recommended by "A. Blennerhasset, J.P." when he joined the County Constabulary in 1828.
More of George Cashel's RIC record.
[NA.UK] says: "The reference numbers quoted in these records refer to papers and correspondence that has not survived."
Last part of George Cashel's RIC record.
These are the original sources at [NAI]:
|Date of Petty Sessions||No.||George Cashel's role||Defendant charged with||Date of offence||Image|
|10 Aug 1858||191||Witness||Drunk in public at Ferns.||4 Aug 1858||p.1 and p.2|
|24 Aug 1858||200||Complainant||Drunk in public at Ferns.||10 July 1858||p.1 and p.2|
|24 Aug 1858||201||Complainant||Drunk in public at Ferns.||10 Aug 1858||p.1 and p.2|
|24 Aug 1858||206||Witness||Pub in Ferns was open outside allowed hours.||15 Aug 1858||p.1 and p.2|
|21 Sept 1858||230-231||Complainant||Assault at Ferns.||19 Sept 1858||p.1 and p.2|
|5 Oct 1858||253||Complainant||Contempt of court on same date.||5 Oct 1858||p.1|
|Date of Petty Sessions||No.||George Cashel's role||Defendant charged with||Date of offence||Image|
|12 Dec 1859||8||Complainant||Cruelty to a horse at Bagenalstown.||2 Dec 1859||p.1|
|9 Feb 1860||14||Complainant||Intoxication.||Not given||p.1|
|5 Mar 1860||6||Complainant||Lighting a fire on the street at Bagenalstown.||2 Mar 1860||p.1|
|16 Apr 1860||13||Witness||Having stones heaped on road at Bagenalstown.||12 Apr 1860||p.1|
|20 Aug 1860||20||Complainant||Allowing horse and cart to wander loose in Bagenalstown.||13 Aug 1860||p.1|
|15 Oct 1860||5||Complainant||Drunk on street in Bagenalstown.||Not given||p.1|
|12 Nov 1860||77||Complainant||Drunk on street in Bagenalstown.||10 Nov 1860||p.1|
|24 Dec 1860||14||Complainant||Drunk on street in Bagenalstown.||15 Dec 1860||p.1|
|4 Feb 1861||15-19||Complainant||Disturbing the peace in Bagenalstown.||22 Jan 1861||p.1|
|19 Aug 1861||23||Complainant||Drunk on street in Bagenalstown.||15 Aug 1861||p.1|
|2 Sept 1861||7||Complainant||Drunk on street in Bagenalstown.||15 Aug 1861||p.1|
|16 Sept 1861||11||Complainant||Goats wandering on road at Tomnasock (W of Bagenalstown).||23 Aug 1861||p.1|
|28 Mar 1862||12 and 13||Complainant||Assault at Ballybannon (some distance N of Bagenalstown).||16 Mar 1862||p.1|
|16 May 1862||40||Complainant||Drunk on street in Bagenalstown.||10 May 1862||p.1|
|10 Oct 1862||14-15||Complainant||Possession of fraudulent weights and measures.||18 Sept 1862||p.1|
|8 May 1863||3-9||Complainant||Possession of fraudulent weights and measures.||Various dates||p.1 and p.2|
|13 Nov 1863||39-43||Complainant||Possession of fraudulent weights and measures.||Various dates||p.1 and p.2|
|4 Dec 1863||22-27||Complainant||Possession of fraudulent weights and measures.||Various dates||p.1|
|4 Dec 1863||28||Complainant||Obstructing the towpath at Bagenalstown.||26 Nov 1863||p.1|
|6 Jan 1865||30-33||Complainant||Possession of fraudulent weights and measures.||23 Dec 1864||p.1 and p.2|
|12 May 1865||30||Complainant||Leaving horse and cart unsupervised in Bagenalstown.||3 May 1865||p.1|
|2 Mar 1866||10 and 11||Witness||Assault in Bagenalstown.||25 Feb 1866||p.1|
|2 Mar 1866||17 and 18||Complainant||Fighting on street in Bagenalstown.||25 Feb 1866||p.1|
|27 July 1866||34||Complainant||Leaving horse unsupervised in Bagenalstown.||20 July 1866||p.1|
|17 Aug 1866||33 and 34||Complainant||Possession of fraudulent weights and measures.||10 Aug 1866||p.1|
|7 Sept 1866||14 and 15||Complainant||Possession of fraudulent weights and measures.||28 Aug 1866||p.1|
Baptism of Edward Francis Cashel, 14 June 1840, Mullinahone RC par records.
Baptism of William Henry Cashel, 16 Nov 1844, Mullinahone RC par records.
Baptism of Charles Cashel, 30 Nov 1846, Drangan RC par records.
Baptism of Blennerhassett Cashel, 18 June 1848, Drangan RC par records. See sponsors.
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