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Delve into Ireland's military heritage

Pension and medal applications from Ireland’s revolutionary period veterans, as well as files linked to the Pensions Board.

Military Service Pensions Collection

Established in 1947, the Bureau collected revolutionary period material like witness statements, photographs and voice recordings.

Bureau of Military History

Communications between IRA Brigade and Battalion Officers including Michael Collins, Richard Mulcahy, Cathal Brugha and Gearóid O’Sullivan.

The Collins Papers

Founded in 1918, An tÓglach would become the official organ for the National Army and Irish Defence Forces after the War of Independence.

An tÓglach Magazine

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Reading Room Collections

The Military Archives reading room is a space designed for exploring our records in person. Browse general descriptions of 27 of our reading room collections on our website; to view the original records, contact us for an appointment.

Partly covers history of the Irish Air Corps and its aircraft, from the Martinsyde to the Casa, with details on technical aspects of the aircraft.

Air Corps Museum Collection

Documents and cuttings on IRA internees in UK and more, created or compiled by the Chief Liaison Office and Directorate of Intelligence Office.

Truce Liaison and Evacuation Papers

Files relating to Anti-Treaty personnel interned during the Civil War; covers internees and administration of camps, prisons and barracks.

Civil War Internment Collection

Anti-Treaty documents (covering administration, publicity and operations) captured in raids, interceptions and arrests and sent to intelligence.

Civil War Captured Documents

Irish Free State Army reports on operations, anti-treaty activities and more. Sources include General Headquarters and Commands and Divisions.

Civil War Operations and Intelligence Reports Collection

Papers of the 1924 Army Inquiry Committee, established to identify reasons for indiscipline and mutinous conduct observed in the National Army.

The Army Inquiry Committee Papers

Reports to the Dáil Éireann Executive Council on military matters from 1923 to 1930, including the Civil War aftermath, the Army Mutiny and more.

Chief of Staff Reports to the Executive Council of Dáil Éireann

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Alongside our online collections, original records and search capabilities, we also produce documents and publications, collaborate on media projects and host exhibitions. Discover the full range of Military Archives resources.

Our collaboration with an RTÉ History Show series in 2019 helped to bring to life some of the stories of the War of Independence.

Dramatised Testimonies

Explore publications by Republican journalist Uinseann MacEoin: Survivors (1980); Harry (1985); and The IRA in the Twilight Years (1997).

Uinseann MacEoin Publications

Explore the fascinating stories brought to life through the Military Archives and the Defence Forces Printing Press publications.


Every year, the Military Archives produces a calendar with a historical theme; explore the online versions.


Discover a range of the past exhibitions, both physical and virtual, curated by the Military Archives.

Online Exhibitions

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