History

  • Maps to the Music: Irish Place Names in Songs

    With its long history, beguiling landscapes and millions of intertwining lives, Ireland has inspired countless poems and songs over the millennia. Many of the places namechecked in these works still stand, and you can still stroll down Raglan Road or take a trip to the Fields of Athenry. Here are some of the most memorable […]

  • 1916 Landmarks

    The recent 100-year anniversary of the 1916 Rising was a fascinating time for Ireland It was a time to reflect on how the Free State was born, how the country has changed over the past hundred years and – for many – the media coverage gave an educational look at the Rising itself. Thankfully, several […]

  • The History of Irish Place Names Part Two

    It’s no secret that Ireland has a rich and fascinating history: With thousands of years of existence, and invaders and residents from England to Norway, the country has been built, shaped and influenced by countless visitors. As we mentioned in our first story on Irish place names, we can get a glimpse into the past […]

  • The History of Irish Place Names

    Wherever you are in this green island, you’re in a place that’s steeped in millennia of history. And one page of that history is how that place got its name. The Irish people’s appreciation of nature coupled with the country’s poetic language and eventful history has worked together to weave a range of beautiful names. […]

  • GIS Day 2018 Ireland

    Uncover the Story of your Local Area

    UNCOVER THE STORY OF YOUR LOCAL AREA WITH ORDNANCE SURVEY IRELAND Could your hometown have Ireland’s Favourite Placename To mark GIS Day 2018 (which is today 14th November), Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi), Ireland’s National Mapping Agency, is today launching a nationwide competition to find the most interesting and unusual origin stories behind Ireland’s placenames. The […]

  • Three Spooky Sites Across Ireland

    The Irish have a special place in their (dark) hearts for Halloween. The country’s history and folklore are filled with legendary ghosts, banshees and worse. Irish writers and filmmakers have also contributed to the art of spooky storytelling, from Neil Jordan’s Company of Wolves to Bram Stoker’s Dracula and everything in between. And ghost stories […]

  • 1600 map of Dublin

    The Evolution of Dublin City

    From a Christian monastic settlement to a sprawling city of more than one million people. We explore Dublin’s history, expansion, and future. Read on to discover how Dublin became a Viking stronghold and a jewel in the Georgian crown, before becoming the sprawling metropolis it is today. First Settlement Present day Dublin can trace its origins […]

  • Two new Adventure Series maps launched

    South Mayo and Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick and Clare Island maps added to popular OSi Adventure Series The official launch of Ordnance Survey Ireland’s (OSi) newest Adventure Series Maps took place this week (Thursday, 21 June 2018) in Westport House. The two new additions to the hugely popular Series cover popular tourist destinations; South Mayo, and Clew […]

  • Joyce’s Dublin: Bloomsday

    James Joyce’s love affair with Dublin is well-known. The city is featured throughout his famous works but nowhere more so than Ulysses. Joyce’s greatest literary work follows Leopold Bloom, as he journeys across Dublin on the 16th of June. Each Bloomsday, thousands of fans recreate Bloom’s steps across the city and visit the famous sites […]

  • How the Great Famine Changed the Landscape of Ireland

    Who’d have thought that the physical and cultural landscape of a country could be changed so much by the humble potato? Well, this is exactly what happened in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. At the time, most of Ireland’s citizens were completely dependent on one staple food source – the Lumper potato. This potato breed […]

  • Ireland’s Island Day-Trips

    Scattered throughout Ireland’s west coast are a myriad of islands. Home to creatures, big and small, and boasting spectacular scenery and lush green landscapes, they’re the perfect day trip for anyone craving an island adventure. We’ve featured islands, which offer visitors everything they could want from a day-trip – amazing scenery, history and picturesque walks. […]

  • Tracing St. Patrick

    Tracing St. Patrick: Sacred Sites Around Ireland With celebrations in full swing for St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve put together a list of famous sites across Ireland, which were visited by Ireland’s patron saint. From the Slemish Mountain to the Rock of Cashel, we’ve chosen seven locations, which all boast close links to St. Patrick. Captivity […]