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Four Courts fire records to be recreated digitally

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As part of a major historical project, a team of researchers are attempting to recreate records lost in the 1922 Four Courts fire.Siliconrepublic

On 30 June 1922, the Four Courts in Dublin went up in flames during intense fighting between the forces of the then new provisional Irish Government and a section of the Irish Republican Army during the Irish Civil War.

Aside from the damage inflicted on the historic building – that can still be seen today in the bullet holes on its exterior – seven centuries of Ireland’s historical and genealogical records, stored in a six-storey Victorian archive building known as the Record Treasury, were lost.

This included hundreds of thousands of English government records concerning Ireland, dating back to the 13th century and since then genealogists have resigned themselves to the thought that they were lost forever, until now.

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