In this impressive image - found on the internet- the RIC band is in the foreground practising on the main drill square at The Depot, Phoenix Park Dublin. You imagine your ancestor seeing this sight and being a little bit intimidated when he turned up at the sentry gate-with his bag in his hand- as a new recruit.
(The image of a member of the R.I.C. band is from a collection of postcards of the watercolours of William R. Younghusband.)
Thanks to Maria Byrne who wrote: My husband's great great grandfather was Harry Hardy, the first bandmaster of the RIC band, from 1861 to 1872. There is no image of him so she is sending out an appeal to anyone who may have one.
Monday 21st November 2011 was the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the RIC band. To honour the occasion a ceremony was held at the grave of Harry Hardy. It was attended by family, representatives of the Garda Siochana, the PSNI and the Garda Band.
Click on the website link below to hear the tune `Young May Moon`
`And the best of all ways
To lengthen our days
Is to steal a few hours from the night.`
These words come from "Young May Moon" written by Thomas Moore which in 1867 became the Regimental March of the RIC for recruits in their passing out parade at The Depot in Dublin.