Samuel Waters 1844-1936 was an RIC Officer and both his father and grandfather had been policemen. He started on £125 per annum and perpetually in scrapes due to his inadequate income.  He was posted to Castletown in 1874 at the time a quiet district and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was interested in amateur dramatics and in the capacity met the then 17 year old Tim Harrington later to become a Home Ruler MP.  Although on opposite sides politically they became friends he was also friendly with Tim’s brother Edward who was a newspaper editor ‘The Sentinel’, in Tralee.

His memoir is in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland  (Gore-Booth Papers D/4051/14), on Lisaddell House he recounts the pastime of him and fellow officers in the evening of rat catching in the kitchen as a member of the Pig and Whistle Club.


The memoir has been edited by Stephen Ball and published under the Irish Narrativve Series 1999 by Cork University Press



‘Down memory Lane’, site by Mr.Gerdie Harrington, Castletown Bere covers some of this ground and the connection with the Armstrong Family.