President Michael D. Higgins officially opened the new Military Archives Building at Cathal Brugha Barracks on April 26, 2016. The building is the fourth of nine Government flagship capital and development projects being developed for as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme and will serve as a permanent reminder of this commemorative centenary year.
The Military Archives is the place of deposit for archival records of the Defence Forces, the Department of Defence and the Army Pensions Board. In marking the occasion of the opening of the new Military Archives building, Minister Coveney said: "The new building being opened today by the President will ensure the safeguarding and accessibility of the Military Archives' collections for future generations".
The ceremony also marked the launch of the fourth release of material from the Military Service (1916-1923) Pensions Collection: the Medals Series Database from the Collection and its associated files. The 1916 Medal recognised those who were engaged in active service during the 1916 Rising and those who served during the period 1917-1921. Future releases of material from the Military Service Pensions Collection will take place over the coming years.
Click here to visit the Military Archives website and to access information on the collection.