Irish Life Centre, Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1
The Valuation Office has a manuscript archive containing rateable valuation information of all property in the state from mid 1850s until the early 1990s; and commercial property only from that time. This archive shows the changes after the revision of properties and is recognised as a census substitute for the period from the 1850s to 1901 (the earliest complete census record for Ireland). The Valuation Office also keeps copies of the Griffith’s Valuation maps and the later Union Maps.
If your primary interest is the Griffith’s Valuation Books, the records from 1824 to 1856 are now available online.
Facilities for members of the public undertaking genealogical research are provided to view current and archive rating records and maps. The archive records for Cork City & County, Donegal, Dublin City & County, Galway, Kerry, Limerick City & County, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo and Tipperary have now been digitised and the images are available to browse in the Public Office (they are not online). For other counties, you will have to order the Revision book from a member of staff.
You will need to know at a minimum the county and townland. If you know the parish or electoral division, this would even be better.
The office opens at 9.15am and closes at 4.30pm. It is open throughout lunchtime
You can freely make photos of the Revision Books and maps. Copies of entries in the valuation records and of the relevant map identifying the property location are available, but these have to be paid for.