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Decade of Centenaries

Our Decade of Centenaries website charts the historical development of Ireland from 1912 to 1923, a decade which was the most turbulent and transformative experienced by Ireland in the 20th century.

Our Genealogy Website

Our Genealogy Website provides free access to digitised collections that are useful to family and local history research.

Chief Secretary’s Office Registered Papers, 1818-1922

The records of the Chief Secretary’s Office constitute one of the most valuable collections of original source material for research into Ireland in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Anglo-Irish Treaty, 1921

Our Anglo-Irish Treaty, 1921 website, first launched in 2011 to mark the 90th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty, draws upon the rich documentary holdings of original Irish Government records held in the National Archives.

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Rising from the ashes: salvaged material from the Public Record Office of Ireland, 1922

In 2017, the National Archives, in partnership with the Irish Manuscripts Commission, began a survey of archival material salvaged from the Public Record Office of Ireland, following the destruction of the record treasury during the Civil War in 1922. This collection of 378 brown paper parcels had not been opened since they were recovered in the aftermath of the destruction. The material was assessed, documented and photographed. The documents range in date from the 14th Century to the early 20th Century. Condition grades were assigned to the documents in a range from Grade 1 (Stable) to Grade 5 (Vulnerable). Watch our film to learn more.

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20.08.06

August Document of the Month
Our August Document of the Month coincides with this year's Heritage Week theme 'Heritage and Education' and focuses on an...

20.07.30

Culture Night continues
We are delighted to continue our participation in Culture Night which this year takes place on Friday, September 18th and...

20.07.20

National Archives Advisory Council Annual Report
The Annual Report for 2018 published by the National Archives Advisory Council is now available to view online.

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