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Public records destroyed in 1922 to be reimagined virtually
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19 Jan 2021 / ireland Print

Records destroyed in 1922 to be reimagined virtually

An international research project is to recreate a virtual record treasury for Irish history, in the run-up to the 1922 centenary of the fire and explosion which destroyed the Public Record Office at the Four Courts. 

The 30 June 1922, explosion destroyed seven centuries of Ireland’s collective memories and is regarded as one of the great tragedies of the Irish Civil War.

Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury is an international collaborative project.

It seeks to re-imagine and re-create, through virtual reality, this national treasure and the archival collections that were lost, comprising records of seven centuries of Irish history, genealogy and administration.


Combining historical research, archival discovery and technical innovation, Beyond 2022 will offer a meaningful legacy from the Decade of Centenaries, by democratising access to invaluable records and illuminating seven centuries of Irish history.

The Courts Service has supported the Beyond 2022 team with access to the modern-day Court of Appeal building to increase the accuracy of their 3D rendering.


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