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National Library of Ireland


Kildare Street
Dublin 2


00 353 1603 0200


00 353 1676 6690




The library holds copies of most surviving Roman Catholic parish registers up to 1880. Consult the List of Parish Registers held by the library which gives the covering dates of parish registers for each parish.

Other holdings include:

Griffith's Valuation
Tithe Applotment books
Government papers
Estate papers and other manuscripts

The library operates the Genealogy Advisory Service for those looking for professional help. Thousands of images of Dublin and the rest of Ireland are available online from a number of collections. An online database for Irish research hosted by the library and known as Sources contains catalogue records for Irish manuscripts and articles in Irish periodicals. The results of a search can be filtered by the various collections and sources. The library's online catalogue allows user to search many of the library's catalogued collections including journals, magazines and government publications; manuscripts catalogued since 1990; visual collections including prints and drawings, ephemera and photographs; digitised glass plate images from the early photographic collections. The results of a catalogue search can be filtered to narrow down the results to various subjects and genres including the photographic collection. Online digitised items from past photography exhibitions held at the library, hosted by the Google Cultural Institute are available at

The Newspaper Database contains listings of newspaper titles held in the National Library of Ireland.