History

  • History of Irish Place Names Part Three

    We love our Irish place names here at OSI. These names, in both English and Irish, tell a story of how the country came about, from the people that shaped it to the landscapes they lived on. Our first Irish Place Names article lists Dublin, Cork and Limerick, among other counties and towns. While our […]

  • History of Benbulben

    History of Ireland’s Icons Part One: Benbulbin Benbulbin (sometimes spelled Benbulben) looms large over its native Sligo. It feels perennial, like it has always been and always will be. And it has been in and out of national news and historical events since its formation those thousands of years ago. It is, like much of […]

  • Irish Scary Sites Volume 3: Haunted Houses and Spooky Ruins

    Irish history could comfortably be described as “eventful”. In fact, “tragic,” “dramatic” and “gothic” would also frequently apply Combine our eventful past with our powerful weather, inspiring landscapes and then our love of storytelling, and it’s no surprise that we have a disproportionate number of ghost stories and spooky sites. Halloween is a perfect time […]

  • Open House at OSi 2019

    OSi is pleased to announce that it will be participating in the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Open House on Saturday 12th October. Open House is an opportunity for the public to visit building of architectural interest.  Open House OSi will take members of the public on an architectural tour of the OSi Phoenix Park complex and buildings. […]

  • Storyteller’s Footprints – Irish Mythical Sites

    It makes sense that much of Ireland’s landscape has a colourful story behind it. The land is inspiring and diverse; and it’s always had a disproportionate number of poets, songwriters and storytellers. So, it’s perhaps inevitable that Ireland has produced a rich tradition of folklore that flourishes to this day. And, as you might expect, […]

  • 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 […]