The Peeler's Notebook

Policing Victorian Dublin, Mad Dogs, Duals and Dynamite

Barry Kennerk

Introduces us to a host of forgotten Victorian dangers, from rabid dogs and disease epidemics to garrotte-wielding thieves who plied their trade in the ever-present fog. Established in 1836, the Metropolitan Police who patrolled Dublin's dark alleys and streets fought running battles with violent tenement mobs, Fenian rebels and street gangs.
Date Published :
November 2019
Publisher :
Mercier Press
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781177099
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.25 inches
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$16.99

Overview
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Dublin during the nineteenth century could be an unforgiving city, especially for the unwary. Established in 1836, the Metropolitan Police who patrolled its dark alleys and streets fought running battles with violent tenement mobs, Fenian rebels, street gangs and self-proclaimed kings.

The Peeler's Notebook introduces the reader to a host of forgotten Victorian dangers, from rabid dogs and disease epidemics to garrotte-wielding thieves who plied their trade in the ever-present fog. Drawing on a selection of archival sources and newspaper accounts, this book casts fresh light on one of the liveliest eras in the history of Irish policing; in the process adding a raucous, sometimes poignant miscellany of tales to the story of Dublin's past.

About The Author
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Barry Kennerk graduated with a PhD in history from St. Patrick’s College, Dublin in 2014. He is the author of five books, including the critically acclaimed Moore Street – The Story of Dublin’s Market District (Mercier Press, 2012). He has occasionally contributed to newspapers at home and abroad including the Irish Times and New York Times. His work has also featured in a number of peer-reviewed publications including the Journal of Medical Biography and Oxford Journal’s Social History of Medicine. He currently teaches English and history at Belvedere College, Dublin.

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