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Please note that, due to severely reduced staffing during the current restrictions, we are unable to fully reply to all email queries. The automatic reply intermittently deactivates, so, on rare occasions, researchers may not receive that reply when emails are sent to us. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience caused.


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.

    News & Updates View All

    The November 2020 release is the 9th release from the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection. The files relate to claims lodged by 1,170 individuals, or by their dependants and contain new information on the War of Independence and the Civil War. This release brings the number of…


    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…


    This afternoon the Military Archives proudly hosted the launch of ‘Badges and Insignia of the Irish Defence Forces’ by Flight Sergeant James G. Perkins (Retired). The book was launched in the Commandant Peter Young Reading Room by Brigadier General Rory O’Connor, General Officer Commanding the Air…


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