Release of archive military files shows Ireland's path to independence

Release of archive military files shows Ireland's path to independence

FILES relating to more than 1,000 men and women involved in the 1916 Easter rising, the War of Independence and Ireland’s Civil War have been released by the Military Service Pensions Project.

Launched online on Thursday, October 2, phase two of the Military Service Pensions Collection consists of files relating to 1,158 veterans of the period from Easter Week 1916 to September 30, 1923.

In addition there are 77 files dealing with administration matters and the process of awarding pensions.

But the files largely include pension applications made between the 1920s and 1950s by the range of Irish men and women who were involved in the battles of 1916-23 and their dependants.

Included in the release are files relating to 10 veterans of Easter Week, notably the dependents claim files of Sean Mac Dermott (MacDiarmada), William Staines and Sean Furlong, the MSPP confirmed this week.

“Files dealing with senior officers of the IRA, members of Cumann na mBan, some unaffiliated female applicants and nearly 800 files relating to casualties of the National Army during the Civil War are also included in this phase of the project,” they added.

Now in the public domain, the files offer a valuable source for anyone researching their Irish family history who believes their relatives may have been involved in Ireland’s rebellion.

The files are available for the public to search at

The Irish Post is also keen to hear the stories of your relatives found within these files.

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