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Ireland, Europe
Latitude: 53.04, Longitude: -7.75
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Ireland is a Country in Europe at latitude 53° 2′ 24″ North, longitude 7° 45′ 0″ West. This page contains information relating to mapping activity that is specific to Ireland. There is another wiki page for Northern Ireland


If you have a goal that you are working towards or one that you would like to see get done (and are maybe willing to get the ball rolling) then add it to the list here, create a section where it can be coordinated and tracked, and a way of measuring progress. And then get on with it :-)

National ToDo List

For the most part, to be completed in the following order

Area Specific

  1. Add townlands (This will allow for - Future mapcraft job no.1)
  2. Coastline fixes (Future mapcraft job no.2)

POI Specific - including possible govt. sources of data

  1. Post boxes & post offices - Dept. of Communications / An Post
  2. Schools - Dept. of Education
  3. Garda Stations - Dept. of Justice
  4. Medical POIs (doctors, dentists, hospitals etc) - Dept. of Health / HSE

Transport specific - including possible govt. sources of data

  1. Bridge heights (required for freight routing) - Irish rail / NRA
  2. Local road reference numbers - Individual county councils
  3. Bus routes & bus stops - Dept. of Transport / CIE / NRA
  4. Hiking trails & walks - Numerous sources listed on the Ireland/Irish_Waymarked_Walking_Trail_Network page
Mapcraft Job No. 1
A Mapcraft job will be created using the townland boundaries as slices. Possibly do this county-by-county as there is a limit on the file size for slices that mapcraft will allow (512kb's). Objectives to be completed as part of this mapcraft job will be:
  • Check alignment of all previously mapped features (roads, rivers, houses etc) and adjust as necessary to ensure correct alignment with Bing imagery
  • Add any missing features
    • Roads
    • Natural features (rivers, lakes, forests etc)
    • Buildings
  • Use historical maps to name features within each townland
    • Crossroads
    • Bridges
    • Rivers & Lakes
Mapcraft Job No.2
A Mapcraft job will be created focusing solely on coastline (mainland & island) features. The objective of this job will be:
  • Fine tuning of coastline where required
  • Use historical maps to name inlets, sounds, coves, bays, harbours, islands etc
  • Correct tagging of all pier's & slipways
  • Correct tagging of all beaches

Beware of Copyright!

Make sure you are not infringing on any copyright when contributing to OSM. In particular, note that it is not allowed to trace from copyright-protected maps. It is also not allowed to copy streetnames, etc. Read the FAQ and documentation carefully before you start, so that you are aware of any issues that you might not have thought about before.

Contacting Irish Mappers

Feel free to use any of the following methods to contact any of the Irish mappers

Mailing List
Sign up for the mailing list talk-ie@openstreetmap here
Use this link to connect via your web browser

or the following link if using an IRC client irc:// #osm-ie

Ireland sub-forum in the OpenStreetMap Forums
Twitter bird.svg @osm_ie
Facebook Group: "OpenStreetMap Ireland"

Road Network

Tagging schema and progress for mapping the Irish road network is available at Ireland/Roads

Public Transport

Infrastructure is mapped as nodes and ways. Bus stops on the ground and iron rails are mapped as such. Relations collect ways and stop nodes to create routes.

Bus stops

highway=bus_stop should be applied to nodes to represent a bus stop.

The operator=* tag might be applied to bus stops. It should represent the operator of that bus route. Some current uses:

If a stop is served by multiple operators, the stop itself should not be tagged with operator, that should be done in the route relation.

Railway rails

This section discusses the mapping of the infrastructure, i.e. the sleepers and rails on the ground. See next section for routes rolling on these rails.

Name %age complete Checked by Notes
Ballina - Manulla Junction 100% gpsmayo2009 15:58, 08 July 2011 (UTC) Confirmed by GPS tracklog.
Westport - Castlebar 95% Needs to be confirmed by GPS
Castlebar - Manulla Junction 100% Needs to be confirmed by GPS
Cherryville - Waterford 50% GPS to Athy only, landsat roughly traced Athy to Thomastown, Muine Bheag and Thomastown stations not marked
Ballybrophy - Limerick Junction 95% Kenguest 12:41, 1 May 2009 (UTC) Needs to be confirmed by GPS. Railway bridges "on the ground" are a-ways from where they are projected to be.
Sligo - Dublin Conolly 100% Blazejos 12:41, 12 May 2010 (UTC) done with GPS but I'm not certain that evrywhere should be bridge instead of railway crossing

Public transport routes

How to create public transport relations (on top of existing rails and roads), is discussed here in detail: Ireland/Public_transport_routes

Relations/Routes are used to mark out the route of a bus or train route. Please set the ref=* tag of the relation to the bus number (eg ref=46A, ref=145). The operator=* is similar to bus stops. Since bus stops aren't numbered in Dublin, no stop numbers have been applied yet.

Irish Waymarked Walking Trail Network

There are currently 31 National Waymarked Ways, offering walkers approx. 3,000 km of marked walking routes throughout Ireland.

See Ireland/Irish Waymarked Walking Trail Network

MTB Trails

See Ireland/Irish MTB Trail Network

Irish Inland Waterways

The waterways consist of the Shannon, Corrib, Erne, canal systems and others. The mapping conforms with the OpenSeaMap standards where possible, with the intention of producing charts for navigation.

See Ireland/Irish Inland Waterways

Background Imagery sources

To add these layers in JOSM

  1. Go to Preferences (F12) , WMS/TMS , Imagery Providers.
  2. Under "Available default entries", scroll down to 'IE' entries.
  3. Select your desired imagery and press 'Activate' button.

National Library of Scotland

Collaboration with the National Library of Scotland has provided the following out-of-copyright map layers.

  • Bartholomew Quarter Inch to the mile (1: 253440) 1940
  • British War Office One Inch to the mile (1:63,360) 1941-43 - (GSGS 4136)

There's is an OpenLayers viewer of these maps on or you can view them on NLS Historic Maps site

  • GSGS 4136 is available as a background layer in Potlatch2.
  • Bartholomew and GSGS 4136 are both available as imagery sources in Josm.

Please tag traces with source="NLS Historic Maps" if you use these layers.

Trinity College Dublin

Collaboration with the Glucksman Map Library, Trinity College Dublin has provided the following out-of-copyright map sheets

Ireland British War Office 1:25k GSGS 3906

These sheets were created in 1940 by the British War office by photo-reducing 3rd edition 6inch (1:10560) sheets (~1910) and adding some contours.


There are about 650 sheets in the series and we are slowing georectifying them using the excellent Mapwarper We have about 200/650 sheets rectified so far. To help with the georectification please see the following page:

  • TODO add link to GSGS 3906 georectification project page
Mapping Townlands

Legibility is difficult in places due to the photo-reduction. However, these sheets are extremely valuable to OSM mappers as they give us the ability to accurately map townland boundaries when used in combination with Bing satellite imagery. To help with mapping townlands please see the following page:

James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway

Collaboration with the Digital Archives team at James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway has provided the following out-of-copyright map sheets

Memorial Atlas of Ireland

Published by L.J. Richards & Company of Philadelphia, the Memorial Atlas of Ireland is a rare resource for researchers of Ireland at the turn of the 20th century, in that it presents in clear detail the boundaries of each barony and civil parish in the country--something not usually of focus in maps from the era.

European Environmental Agency

The following layers are available as a imagery source in Josm.

These tiles are hosted on Irish OSM community servers. They are generated from EEA shapefiles cut down to the Ireland bounding box and rendered using Mapnik.

Land Cover

See Republic_of_Ireland_Corine_2006_Import

Borders and Boundaries

National Borders, Province and County boundaries, their admin_level and usage of relations are being discussed on this separate Wiki page.

Some county boundaries are formed by the centre line of rivers, which are part of the boundary relation. Be careful when editing such rivers not to change the county boundary accidentally. Do not join these segments with other river segments.


The new option to tag GAA pitches has been consolidated in favour or predecessors used:

sport=gaelic_games which describes a sport, is not an abbreviation and gives an outsider an initial idea what direction to think of.

The term "Gaelic Games" is used by the GAA themselves.

An icon that can be submitted to renderers is in preparation.

If specific kinds of gaelic games need to be specified, that can be done by sub-tagging:


Previously used tags are now depricated:

In sport=gaelic_football;hurling the semicolon is allowed for tags with multiple values, but some people do not like it. The advantage was that it has a meaning for everybody worldwide what it is, in comparison to sport=gaa, which has no semicolon, an acronym is used with is discouraged, and nobody out of Ireland knows what it means. Capital letters or dots (GAA or G.A.A.) were against tagging rules.

Names in the Irish Language

See Ireland/Gaelic

People interested in Ireland

We communicate via localized mailinglist and forum and IRC channel #osm-ie (in oftc net).

See also: Category:Users in Ireland


See Ireland/Events

Useful Resources

As always, please respect the copyright of these sites!


Road-related resources

Other mapping/GIS-related resources

Various OSM RSS Feeds for Ireland

Subscribe to these feeds to be kept up to date on changes made in Ireland