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National Archives of Ireland
The National Archives of Ireland on Bishop St in Dublin city is the largest and most important institution in the Republic of Ireland with responsibility for the preservation and public availability of archives.

Occupying a key position in the cultural and intellectual life of the nation, the National Archives of Ireland holds the records of the modern Irish State which document its historical evolution and the creation of our national identity. It has custody of archives relating to the administration of the state from the late 18-century to the late 20th-century, and many other archives dating from the 14th-century to the late 20th-century.

The National Archives of Ireland is located in Bishop Street, Dublin 8, close to the city centre and within ten minutes walk of the St Stephen’s Green Luas line.

Visitors can avail of free genealogy advice. Before your visit, it is best to gather as much family info as possible. Try online sources including the National Archives genealogy page at

For the forseeable future, the Archives are admitting visitors by appointment only. Book on the website.

Readers Ticket

Members of the public may apply for a Readers Ticket on the day of their first visit to the Archives. - Download this form via the website to save time. You will need a photo ID and proof of address when you arrive.

Closed on public holidays & for media preview in late Nov/early Dec.

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