Ireland/Boundaries

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Intro

Administrative Boundaries are defined as relations over ways that are either drawn for this purpose only, or use ways that naturally form the boundary, such as center lines of rivers.

Care must be taken not to join those river segments that are part of a boundary with other segments.

All county relations must be circular loops, i.e. all segments arranged in sequence, which can be checked in the JOSM relation editor.

The layers.openstreetmap.fr map viewer has some handy layers for checking the current state of our admin boundaries.


To Do:

Talk about Irish administrative districts: Provinces, Baronies, Civil Parishes, Townlands etc..

Baronies, Civil Parishes, Townlands details should be on each respective county page, eventually.

Data Sources

GSGS 3906

These maps were scanned by TCD and are the best Ireland-wide maps we currently have available to map townland boundaries. See http://mapwarper.net/layers/101

Boundary Types

refer to boundary=administrative

Type Tagging Notes
National Border boundary=administrative
admin_level=2
place=country
e.g. between Rep Ireland and Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland state boundary=administrative
admin_level=4
place=state
reserved for compatability with UK states
Province boundary=administrative
admin_level=5
place=region
e.g. Leinster, Ulster, Munster, Connacht
Traditional County boundary=administrative
admin_level=6
place=county
e.g. Dublin, Tipperary, Cork, Kildare
County and City Councils (LAU-1) boundary=administrative
admin_level=7
e.g. Admin counties ( Wexford CoCo, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, South Dublin, Dublin City), 5 County Cities (Dublin City, Cork City, Limerick City , Waterford City, Galway City)
Municipal Districts boundary=administrative
admin_level=8
see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Municipal_district_%28Ireland%29
Electoral Division (LAU-2) boundary=administrative
admin_level=9
Townland boundary=administrative
admin_level=10
place=locality
locality=townland


Relation lists

National borders

Name Relation
Republic of Ireland Relation 62273 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) OPEN
Northern Ireland Relation 156393 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) OPEN
United Kingdom Relation 62149 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) OPEN

Traditional provinces

Name Relation
Leinster Province Relation 278746 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked
Munster Province Relation 278750 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked
Connacht Province Relation 278721 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked
Ulster Province Relation 278664 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked

Leinster

Name Relation Source 1900 map scan
County Carlow Relation 285977 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/preview/1438 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1438
Dublin Region (former County Dublin) Relation 282800 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/preview/1433 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1433
County Kildare Relation 285833 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/preview/1437 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1437
County Kilkenny Relation 285980 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1455
County Laois Relation 285915 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/preview/1454 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1454
County Longford Relation 335445 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1451
County Louth Relation 1763195 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked (old, deleted: 285990) http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1450
County Meath Relation 282818 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1448
County Offaly Relation 335442 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1446
County Westmeath Relation 335446 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/wms/1441 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1441
County Wexford Relation 285981 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/preview/1439 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1439
County Wicklow Relation 282760 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/preview/1431 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1431

Administrative counties in Dublin Region (former County Dublin)

Name Relation Source Notes
Dublin (city) Relation 1109531 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) http://www.acts.ie/framed/en.act.1985.0007.6.html#sched1 http://achtanna.oireachtas.ie/framed/en.pract.1953.0001.2.html
County Fingal Relation 1114164 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)
County Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Relation 1115720 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

http://www.acts.ie/framed/en.act.1985.0007.8.html

County South Dublin Relation 1117469 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx)

Munster

Name Relation Source 1900 map scan
County Clare Relation 334885 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/wms/1463 and is_in information for Whitegate area http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1463
County Cork Relation 332631 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked is_in interpolation towards Limerick and Waterford, Atlas towards Kerry http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1462
County Kerry Relation 332622 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/preview/1456 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1456
County Limerick Relation 334898 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked neighbor counties http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1452
County Tipperary Relation 334372 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/wms/1443 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1443
County Waterford Relation 283426 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked rivers and is_in tags http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1440

Connacht

Name Relation Source 1900 map scan
County Galway Relation 335444 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked neighbor counties http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1457
County Leitrim Relation 284368 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1453
County Mayo Relation 338539 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/wms/1449 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1449
County Roscommon Relation 335443 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked neighbor counties http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1445
County Sligo Relation 335330 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/wms/1444 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1444

Ulster

Name Relation Source 1900 map scan
County Cavan Relation 283679 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1464
County Donegal Relation 283732 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1460
County Monaghan Relation 283647 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1447
Traditional counties in Northern Ireland (replaced administratively by districts)
County Antrim Relation 1119534 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked neighbour counties http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1465
County Armagh Relation 1119535 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/wms/1430 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1430
County Down Relation 1119533 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/wms/1459 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1459
County Fermanagh Relation 1118085 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked neighbour counties http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1458
County Londonderry (or Derry) Relation 1959598 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1461 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1461
County Tyrone Relation 1117773 (XML, Potlatch2, iD, JOSM, history, analyze, manage, gpx) circular linked http://warper.geothings.net/maps/wms/1442 http://warper.geothings.net/maps/1442

Townlands, Civil Parishes, Baronies

See Ireland/Mapping Townlands.