Archives Services

The National Archives, Ireland

The National Archives holds the records of the modern Irish State which document its historical evolution and the creation of our national identity.


Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm


About Us:
The National Archives was formed in 1988, when the Public Record Office of Ireland (founded 1867, formerly at the Four Courts) and the State Paper Office (founded 1702, formerly at Dublin Castle) were merged to create a single institution.
Almost all the records acquired by the Public Record Office of Ireland before 1922 were destroyed by fire and explosion at the beginning of the Civil War in June 1922 and as a result, the material now held by the National Archives dates mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries, although there are a few surviving court and exchequer rolls dating to the early fourteenth century.

Our holdings may be summarised as follows:

  • archives of Government Departments relating mainly to the period 1922-1977;
  • archives of the Chief Secretary's Office and its associated offices for the period 1790-1922;
  • archives of other governmental agencies operating mainly in the 19th and 20th centuries, but including some archives from the 17th and 18th centuries;
  • archives of the courts and probate registries dating mainly from the late 19th and 20th centuries, but including some items dating from the 14th century;
  • archives acquired from other sources, including Church of Ireland parishes, harbour boards, health boards, hospitals, schools, charities, trade unions, business firms, solicitors' offices, estate offices and private individuals, relating especially to the 19th and 20th centuries, but including material for the 17th and 18th centuries;
  • transcripts, calendars, abstracts and indexes relating to original records, which were destroyed in 1922, dating from the 13th to the 19th century.
  • Documents cannot be removed from the National Archives building, but you can inspect them in the Niall McCarthy Reading Room. The Reading Room is open to all members of the public holding a current Reader's Ticket, which can be applied for on arrival at the National Archives.
  • A selection of searchable lists for records held by the National Archives are available on our website at:
  • For further information on the National Archives and its services please visit our website at: and the Census website at:
Address: Bishop Street, Dublin 8
Telephone: +353 1890 252424 or +353 (0)1 4072300
Fax:  +353 (0)1 4072333
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