Military Archives

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The mission of the Military Archives is to acquire, preserve and make available to the public the documentary heritage of the Defence Forces and the Department of Defence. 

Apart from serving the evidential, legal and heritage needs of the Defence Forces and the Department of Defence, Military Archives can provide public services to a broad spectrum of interests, from family history queries to academic research, to material for television and radio documentaries.  Some services that may be of interest to your particular needs include:

  • For family history and genealogy
  • Facilities for Academic and scholarly research
  • Assistance to the Media, cultural institutions, local history groups and academic societies

The Military Archives is the place of deposit for the archives of the Defence Forces, the Department of Defence and the Army Pensions Board, under the terms of the National Archives Act, 1986. Archives are records with a special significance, records that are deemed to be of enduring value, for a variety of reasons.

Military Service Pensions Collection

The Military Service Pensions Collection is a unique collection of records, files, maps, drawings and diagrams. The files relate in the main to applications by individuals and/or their dependants for the award of pension and gratuities for veterans who served as members of the Irish Volunteers, the Irish Citizen Army, the Irish Republican Army, Cumann na mBan, the National Army/Defence Forces and kindred named organisations on active service or who were casualties or wounded while on duty during the period from April and May 1916 through to 30 September 1923.

Bureau of Military History (1913-21)

A fantastic resource including 1773 witness statements, 334 sets of contemporary documents (which include items such as diaries, pamphlets, photographs, letters, dispatches, drawings and sketches, posters, legal documents, newspaper clippings, commemorative publications and various ephemera),  42 individual photograph collections, 210 photographs of action sites during Easter Week taken subsequently by the Air Corps, 12 voice recordings, and a collection of press cuttings.

Offline Collections

The Military Archives holds a significant volume of material that constitutes an extremely important part of the record for Ireland’s history in the 20th century. The reading room at Military Archives has eight seats and is located downstairs in the archives building. Make an appointment to secure a place and we will assist you in exploring this amazing resource. At present, the reading room is open from 1000hrs to 1600hrs, Tuesday to Thursday (inclusive).

Contact Details

The Irish Defence Forces Military Archives section can be contacted by the following methods:

Military Archives

Officer in Charge,
Military Archives,
Cathal Brugha Barracks,
Dublin 6

D06 RX00

Office: + 00 353 1 8046457

Cavalry Corps Archive Videos

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The Badge Design

The Badge design (common to all Corps and Services and all orders of dress) is derived from the badge of the Irish Volunteers and was designed by Professor Eoin MacNeill, Chairman of the National Executive of the Irish Volunteers. This badge was originally adopted by the Irish Volunteers in October 1914. [Read more]