Military Service Pensions Collection 2nd Release
Phase 2 of the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection (MSPC) is being officially launched online through www.militaryarchives.ie from Thursday 2 October 2014 at 1430 hrs in the Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks.
Phase 2 from the MSPC consists of files relating to 1,158 veterans of the period from Easter Week 1916 to 30 September 1923. In addition there are 77 files dealing with administration matters and the process of awarding pensions under the Act, 1934.
Included in the release are files relating to 10 veterans of Easter Week, notably the dependents claim files of Sean Mac Dermott (MacDiarmada), William Staines and Sean Furlong.
Files dealing with senior officers of the IRA, members of Cumann na mBan, some unaffiliated female applicants and nearly 800 files relating to casualties of the National Army during the Civil War are included in this phase of the project. Detailed lists of the files now being released are available at the following links.
The illustration to the right comes from the sworn statement made by Denis (Sonny) O’Neill in support of his pension application in May 1935. The extract refers to the action at Béal na Bláth in August 1922 in which Michael Collins was killed. To read this statement and learn more about Denis O’Neill click on this link.
The work of the Military Service Pensions Project is ongoing and the collection will be released through the Military Archives in regular phases.