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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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    We would like to express our sadness at the death of the former Chief of Staff of Óglaigh na hÉireann (1995-1998), Lieutenant General Gerry (Gerald) McMahon DSM.Lt Gen McMahon maintained a very active interest in the Defence Forces into retirement and was a great friend and advocate of the…


    19 Jan 2018

    From the 1990s, the Military Archives has been involved in the production of a calendar in cooperation with the designers and printing staff at the Defence Forces Printing Press (DFPP). Our calendars are designed to showcase our archives, promote our service and highlight special projects…


    19 Dec 2017

    The Commandant Peter Young Reading Room at the Military Archives is now closed for the Christmas / New Year period and will reopen for appointments on Thursday 4th January 2018.2017 has been a very successful year for the Military Archives, with the launch of the Oral History Project, the…


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