• Military Service (1916 -1923) Pensions Collection

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  • What is in the Collection?

    2,591 veterans of Easter Week 1916 with recognised military service

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    Find information about pensions applicants active in Easter 1916.

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  • What is in the collection?

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  • Organisations

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  • Active Service

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  • Legislation

    The acts and laws behind this collection

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  • The Project

    The inception, mission and methodology

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Explore the many testimonies and accounts of the surviving leaders, the veterans and volunteers who took part in the historic events of the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and Civil War, along with a plethora of supporting documentation gathered from the participants through the unique collection that is the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection. For the first time, the collection is being made available on a phased basis leading to 2016.


Guide to Collection

View the published Guide to the Military Service Pension Collection to find out how the collection is organised and about the information it contains.


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About the Collection

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The collection comprises of a large and varied corpus of archival material and records. The two broad streams of legislation are used to illustrate the nature and content of the personal files of applicants and the relevance of the supporting administrative records and other material in the collection.

Spotlight - 1916 Action Sites

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The 1916 action sites map shows the applicants' location in Ireland during Easter Week 1916 at time of action (23 to 29 April 1916). It locates those veterans with recognised 1916 service and their position(s) as provided in their statement/application form contained in their pension file. Note that some applicants could have served or been active at several positions during the week.

Content & Legislation

The Content & Legislation

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Verifying Applications

Verifying Applications Process

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