Archives held in the National Archives

National Archives hold records of government of the modern Irish state from its foundation to approximately 1988.

Our collections provide invaluable insight into the political, social and economic development of Ireland from the 18th century to the present day.

Online exhibitions

Discover documents from our collections and their place in the historical development of Ireland.

Explore our collections

Discover more about some of our most significant collections.

Document of the month

Discover the story behind a document from our collections.

New in the online catalogue

Updates on the latest additions to our online catalogue.

Stories from the archives

Discover what goes on behind the scenes at the National Archives.

Collaborative projects

Our collaborative projects help to promote the interpretation of the historical evolution of Ireland and its cultural identity through the use of primary source material.

Education & outreach

Archival resources for teachers & students.


Guide to archival terminology.


Some answers to frequently asked questions.