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Ireland's court and prison registers

Amazingly detailed records from The National Archives of Ireland can unlock unsavoury details on your criminal ancestors. Find out the crimes they committed, their sentences and details of their life behind bars. You may even discover disputes with family and neighbours played out in the local community courts of Ireland's past. These jaw-dropping documents are part of the largest collection of Irish family records anywhere online, at Findmypast.

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