Understanding the images

In the documents, messages are called in from the different divisions of the Dublin Metropolitan Police: A, B, C, D, E, F and G.

Here is a rough map of the territory divisions A-F:


The G Division tracked political crime and was based in Great Brunswick Street, now Pearse Street Garda Station.

Outside Dublin was the domain of the Royal Irish Constabulary. Their County Inspectors sent telegraphs to Dublin Castle updating the administration as to events in their areas.

A rough organogram of people mentioned in the documents:


Glossary of terms and abbreviations in the documents:

A.S.: All Stations
Asst. Comm: Assistant Commissioner
Bet.: between
Broadstone Railway Station: terminus of the Midland Great Western Railway in Phibsboro Dublin. Closed to to passengers in 1937, it became Bus Éireann headquarters and is due to re-open as a Luas (tram) stop in 2017. Wiki
Bwell: Bridewell Station,  a Dublin Metropolitan Police station located close to Dublin’s Four Courts
CI: County Inspector, a rank of the Royal Irish Constabulary
CLane: Chancery Lane Station,
Chief Comm: Chief Commissioner, top-ranking figure in the Dublin Metropolitan Police. At the time the messages date from this was Walter Edgeworth Johnstone
Chief Supt: Chief Superindentent, another senior ranking position in the Dublin Metropolitan Police
Chzod: Chapelizod, often referring to the Dublin Metropolitan Police station there.
Co.: County, a geographical division in Ireland
Col: Colonel, a military rank
DI: District Inspector, a rank of the Royal Irish Constabulary
D.o: ditto, as above, also signified by “”
GOC: General Officer Commanding, the senior ranking military figure in Ireland, also used to refer to the headquarters of military command in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham
GPO: General Post Office, rebel headquarters during the rebellion, located on Dublin’s main thoroughfare O’Connell Street, then called Sackville Street
Garrison Adjt: Garrison Adjutant, a high-ranking military officer in Dublin Castle
Great Brunswick Street: now called Pearse Street, location of the G Division of the Dublin Metropolitan Police, which tracked political crime
Insp: Inspector, a police rank
Inst: means ‘of this month’
Kingsbridge Station: train station now called Dublin Heuston
Kings County: now called County Offaly
Kingstown: coastal town in County Dublin with a large port where British military reinforcements arrived, now called Dun Laoghaire
Mjoy: Mountjoy, a Dublin Metropolitan Police station and jail
OC: Officer commanding, the person in charge of a military unit
PO: Petty Officer, a navy rank
PS: police sergeant
Pte: Private, a military rank
Queenstown: town now called Cobh in County Cork
Queen’s County: a regional division now called County Laois
RIC: the Royal Irish Constabulary, an armed police force that patrolled Ireland outside the capital Dublin, where the Dublin Metropolitan Police was in charge
Reg: abbreviation for a military regiment
Rly: abbreviation for railway
Sackville Street: Dublin’s main thoroughfare and location of the General Post Office. Badly damaged by fires and bombardment during the rebellion and now called O’Connell Street
Sergt: sergeant, a police rank
Stn: abbreviation for station
U.Sec, Under Secy: abbreviation for Under Secretary, the top civil servant in Dublin Castle. At this time it was Matthew Nathan. The papers were in his private collection until given to the Bodleian Library in 1961.
VR Lodge: Vice Regal Lodge, official residence of the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, the representative of the British monarchy in Ireland, at this time Lord Wimborne
Westland Row Station: a train station now called Dublin Pearse