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Special Projects Division

The Special Projects Division deals with large-scale digitisation projects, partnership publication projects and national-level policy on cultural digitisation. The largest project undertaken so far has been the online census for 1901 and 1911 which has received hundreds of millions of hits and over 10 million individual visits.


The Division has also produced a cd-rom showcasing the National Archives’ holdings relating to local history, with almost 1,000 scanned and transcribed documents, county histories and illustrative contextual material. Counties in Time can be purchased from Eneclann.


Other digital projects include:



The Division Head is one of the editors of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy which has so far published eight volumes of documents relating to Irish foreign policy during the years 1919–1948, the vast majority of them held in the National Archives. The project operates from the National Archives and also has a significant online presence at


The Division Head sits on various committees dealing with initiatives such as DARIAH, CULTURA, the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Working Group on Genealogy, the Military Service Pensions Project, and others.


For queries regarding the work of this Division, please contact