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. Find out more >>

Duanaire blog

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Dr Aidan Kane
NUI Galway

aidan.kane@nuigalway.ie | Twitter: @aidankane

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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 James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway 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.