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Friday, 2 October 2015

NAI catalogue: more Post-Truce Compensation files

The National Archives of Ireland (NAI) has added more Post-Truce (Damage to Property (Compensation) Act 1923) files to its online catalogue, as follows:

  • County Kilkenny (FIN/COMP/2/10) – 380 files
  • County Laois (FIN/COMP/2/12) – 369 files
  • County Meath (FIN/COMP/2/17) – 272 files
  • County Tipperary (FIN/COMP/2/22) – 1,264 files
  • County Westmeath (FIN/COMP/2/24) – 354 files

The files deal with claims for compensation for loss of or damage to property that occurred as a result of military action between July 1921 and March 1923, under the Damage to Property (Compensation) Act, 1923.

They record the claimant's name and address and a brief explanation of the incident that led to the loss of their property, which is also briefly described.

While unlikely to help your research in a genealogical sense, these files can add to your understanding of your family's experiences, and those of their neighbours, in the early 1920s.

This collection consists of about 20,000 files and listing work has been made possible through specific funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Seven counties from this collection remain uncatalogued: Cavan, Dublin (Dublin City is already catalogued), Kildare, Offaly, Galway, Wexford and Waterford, and work will continue to add them to the catalogue in due course.