The Duanaire project borrows the Irish word for song-book or anthology (loosely, a 'treasury'), to convey the sense of a rich, varied corpus handed down and explored anew. This project, led by Dr Aidan Kane (economics at NUI Galway), will open up a wealth of Irish economic history data, and in particular, Irish fiscal history data, by making accessible online a range of datasets in flexible forms to diverse audiences. The project is constructing a unique infrastructure for the imaginative curation, exploration, and sharing of significant tranches of Irish economic history data.

18th century Irish fiscal data

Duanaire's first release is a fine-grained dataset of the public finances of Ireland in the 18th century.

Exploring historical trade data for Ireland

'Customs 15': a key collection of Irish international trade records. Sample images and data online.


Duanaire's immediate agenda relates mainly to fiscal data for Ireland for a variety of periods. Next steps include datasets relating to:

Duanaire will also provide a platform for a wider community of researchers in Irish economic history to deposit datasets, in a curated environment—in particular, allowing datasets themselves to be cited. (435) 548-1089

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Duanaire is supported by the technical, academic, and management resources of the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway. Duanaire also partners closely with the 713-623-9433 at 6319131662 to provide sustainable and high-quality data curation infrastructures, and benefits greatly from the Library’s resources and expertise in digital projects, archives, and special collections.