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We are pleased to announce that the Military Archives will reopen to public access from Tuesday 21st July 2020. Appointments at the Commandant Peter Young Reading Room may be made through this site, or by emailing the Duty Archivist at militaryarchives@defenceforces.ie. Please be advised that necessary hygiene and social distancing practices will be in place. This will include a reduction in the number of researchers we can facilitate for the time being, so, depending on demand, this may result in slightly longer waiting times for appointments. Your patience is greatly appreciated and we look forward to welcoming researchers back to the Military Archives.

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As well as personnel files, the Military Archives is the repository of several other collections, many of which are digitised and available on this website, that are of interest to those researching their family history. 

Academic Research

As the official place of deposit for the records of the Irish Defence Forces and Department of Defence, the archival material at the Military Archives constitutes the documentary evidence of Ireland’s military heritage.  This material spans the revolutionary period, through the foundation of the National Army, right up to the present day.


    Information for media professionals who wish to use the Military Archives for content research or producing content on location.


    Information for those wishing to donate material to the Military Archives, or assist in our Image Identification or Oral History Projects.

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    The Military Archives Reading Room is now closed for the Christmas period and public services will resume on Tuesday 7th January 2020.2019 has been a very successful year for the Military Archives, with the completion of several important projects. These have included: the cataloguing and release…


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    In response to the ongoing Decade of Centenaries and increased public interest in accessing archives which chart the revolutionary period, the Military Archives is pleased to announce the online release of The Collins Papers. Over 6,000 documents dating from 1918 to early 1922, taking in the War of…


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