Mapping

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • Ireland’s Best Forest Trails

    Trees are among the greatest natural resources we have. The more we learn about them, the greater our appreciation grows. The Japanese have an expression, shinrin-yoku, which translates to “forest bathing”. It means that because trees fill their environments with beautiful, clean oxygen, we should seek it out, “bathe” in woodlands, and soak up that […]

  • 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 […]

  • OSi and Mountain Rescue Ireland

    Finding lost or hurt people in the wild, rugged Irish mountains is no easy task. When someone’s life is in danger, saving them depends on how quick and efficient methods of locating people are. Volunteers throughout Ireland take on this life-saving responsibility, dedicating their spare time to helping those most in need of help in […]

  • How to Read a Paper Map

    With so many amazing walks and trails for you to explore throughout Ireland, now’s the time to brush up on your map reading skills. When hiking or exploring isolated trails, you can’t rely on Google Maps and GPS, which is why it’s so important to know how to read a paper map. Here are the […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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. […]

  • Ireland’s Top 10 Most Spectacular Peaks

    Experience the beauty of Ireland by climbing to the top of some of the country’s most spectacular mountains. From the highest-peak, Carrauntoohil, to lesser known summits like the Purple Mountain in Kerry, we’ve compiled the ultimate checklist of the country’s most challenging and rewarding climbs. Arm yourself with a strong pair of hiking boots, an […]

  • Family Walking

    4 Family Friendly Walking and Cycle Routes Four walks put together with family excursions in mind. Each route is suitable for little legs or bikes, and each trail can be squeezed into a few short hours as part of a daytrip. The Bohernabrenna Reservoirs Walk, Co. Dublin Difficulty: Easy Type: Loop Distance: 8.6 km Duration: […]

  • Cork Walks

    4 Cracking Cork Walks: OSi’s Top Picks We’ve picked four walking routes in picturesque Co. Cork that can be enjoyed all year round by outdoor enthusiasts and their families. If you ever find yourself in Kinsale, Fermoy, Baltimore or Eyeries, these walks are the perfect way to keep healthy, have fun with family and friends […]

  • Student Life

    7 ways you can help your son or daughter’s transition to college life Is your son or daughter thinking about going to college? Here are seven ways you can help their transition to college life: Know the difference between digs, house shares, and campus accommodation If your son or daughter is moving out for college, […]