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To mark the 100th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, our colleague in the Military Service Pensions Project, Michael Keane, has researched the various details concerning operations on the fateful day contained in the pension application files of veterans. He has created an introduction, overview and listing of those operations and the personnel involved from the I.R.A., Cumann na mBan, The Irish Citizen Army and Na Fianna Éireann. The Blog post also includes digitised documents and a map depicting operations carried out and those that were planned, but were unsuccessful or called off. This work will continue, as more details are found in further cataloguing of the collection, but to see what has been found so far and to access the applications of those involved, please click above.

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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. 

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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.


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