The Treaty 1921 – Records from the Archives exhibition opens at Dublin Castle

by Amy Rohu
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The Anglo-Irish Treaty 1921 has gone on public display for the first time in 100 years, writes Amy Rohu.

The exhibition marks the centenary of the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty on 6 December 1921.

The Taoiseach, accompanied by the Tánaiste and Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, attended the The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives exhibition at Dublin Castle this week when the exhibit opened on Monday.

The Anglo-Irish Treaty is one of the most significant historical documents held by the National Archives. Using the Treaty as a centrepiece, the National Archives will present an exhibition that marks its role as the official repository of the records of the State, one hundred years since its formation. The Treaty, 1921: Records from the Archives opens up significant historical records, official documents and private papers for the first time, including the first public presentation of both the Irish and British copies of the Treaty document.

The exhibition is presented by the National Archives in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, the National Library of Ireland and the Office of Public Works, with records from the collections of the Military Archives and University College Dublin.

Speaking at the exhibition, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said: “This is a significant exhibition, bringing key records relating to the foundation of the State to the public for the first time in 100 years.  These records highlight this complex period in our history culminating in the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty 1921. They present the difficult political context in which the Treaty was negotiated but they also open a window for the first time into the world in which the Irish delegation operated during their time in London. It is an honour for me as Taoiseach to attend this exhibition”.

Admission to the exhibition is free. Book online at

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