Primary Schools

Ireland was first mapped in 1824 and it took over 2000 people to do it at the time. Today, computers now allow maps to be produced quickly and in digital form.

Primary Schools

Primary Schools Junior

Major Towns and Cities of Ireland

Ireland map for primary juniors

Features you can find on a Map

Mountains and rivers for primary junior

How Many Features can you see?

More about maps for primary juniors

Teacher Resources

In this section we have put some very basic documents to assist you as teachers in educating young children about mapping.

We would welcome any feedback or suggestions on content that may further assist you. This can be provided by selecting the contact us button in the navigation bar on the left hand side of the page.

Documents to Download:

Primary Junior Worksheet

Cities and Towns map

Primary Schools Senior

Ireland is today mapped from Aerial photography and on the ground using the Global Positioning System

Place Names and how they came about

Place names are used to identify places and to help with communications. The majority of Placenames in Ireland were in the Irish language. These names were anglicised when they were first published on Ordnance Survey maps. This happened early in the 19th Centuary.

The history of place names goes back even further – to the earliest times in our history. The history of this country is reflected in our place names.

Kingdoms

Long ago the country was broken into small kingdoms. The ruling families gave their names to their kingdoms. Some names end in “righ” which means “kingdom”. An example is Ciarrigh, the kingdom of Ciar, which is now known as Kerry or Ciarraí.

Christianity

Christianity spread throughout the country. Many towns grew up around religious settlements such as churches or monasteries. Lots of placenames begin with Kill, and the Irish word for church is Cill.
Kilkieran in Galway which is officially known as Cill Chiaráin in Irish .

Other variations are: Abbeyleix in Laois which is officially known as Mainistir Laoise in Irish or Bishopstown in Cork which is officially known as Baile an Easpaig in Irish.

In later times the word “town” came at the end of the name as in Bagenalstown in Carlow. This reflected the power of these families in an area.

Sometimes the local topography inspired the name. An example is Gendalough in Co. Wicklow. This name is derived from the Irish Gleann Dá Loch, Valley of the two lakes.

The Towns, Cities and Counties of Ireland

Primary Senior city town county

The Highest Mountains in Ireland

Peak Height Range County Title
Carrauntoohil 1,038m MacGillycuddy Reeks Kerry Highest
Beenkeragh 1,010m MacGillyCuddy Reeks Kerry
Caher 1,001m MacGillycuddy Reeks Kerry
Mount Brandon 951m Brandon Mountains Kerry
Lugnaquilla 924m Wicklow Mountains Wicklow Highest in Leinster

The Longest Rivers in Ireland

River Length in Miles Length in Kilometres
Shannon 224 360.5
Barrow 119.5 192
Suir 114.25 184
Blackwater 104.5 168

Largest Lakes in Ireland

Lake Area in Sq Miles Area in Sq Kilometres Long Wide County
Lough Neagh 147 381 18 Miles 11 Miles Antrim, Tyrone,Armagh & Derry
Lough Corrib 68 176 27 Miles 10 MIles Galway
Lough Derg 46 118 24 Miles 8 Miles Tipperary, Galway & Clare
Lough Erne 43 112 18 Miles 12 Miles Fermanagh
Lough Ree 41 105 16 4 Roscommon, Longford & Westmeath

For Teachers

In this section we have put some very basic documents to assist you as teachers in educating young children about mapping.

We would welcome any feedback or suggestions on content that may further assist you. This can be provided by selecting the contact us button in the navigation bar on the left hand side of the page.

Documents for Download:

Cities and Towns map

Coordinate Crossword

Coordinate crossword Solutions

Games