Bureau of Military History

This guide was last updated in 2014

For anyone who suspects an ancestor was involved in the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence that followed, will find the Bureau of Military History a rich source of information.

In the 1950s the Bureau of Military History collected witness statements from men and women who were involved in the Republican movement from 1913 to 1921. These statements were volunteered and not everyone submitted one. The statements are personal accounts that detail the activities of the individual and the company that they were serving with.

Even if your ancestor did not submit a statement, he or she may have been mentioned by someone who did. The statements should be approached with some caution, they are only the recollections of one individual and although vivid and descriptive of an important period in Irish history, the bias of the author can be obvious.

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