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Well we have finally hit 95% townland coverage for the entire island!!  It definitely feels like we are on the home stretch now and will hit 100% coverage in a few months time.  The following is a screen-shot from www.townlands.ie   And a map showing the areas which have still […]

Targets hit this week – 24th May 2016


OpenStreetMap (OSM) Ireland members will meet Saturday 23rd of April in Dublin and do OSM mappy stuff on laptops in TOG. Like an indoor mapping party / hack day / social meet up / barcamp. If you’d like to learn more about OpenStreetMap, come along! Want to start mapping your […]

Meet Up – April 2016


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The following was originally posted by rorym in his OSM Diary. Original entry here In the UK they are doing a quarterly project to map more schools and there is a list of schools in Ireland from the Department of Education, but that only has addresses, not locations. I thought […]

An attempt to geocode the list of schools from Dept. ...



Rory has added a nice heatmap to the townlands.ie website ( http://www.townlands.ie/page/maps/ ) which changes colour based on when the townland was added to the database. The image below shows the state of play on the 27th January 2016.

Townland Heat Map


Collaboration with Blueprint Reprographics 1
One of our members, Brian Hollinshead, has been doing stellar work gathering out-of-copyright map sheets for use in updating OSM data around Ireland, one example being the Townland boundaries. The biggest issue with using these sheets is often its quite difficult to get them scanned to an appropriate quality to […]

Collaboration with Blueprint Reprographics


The OSM community have just surpassed the 47,000 townlands mark!  Earlier last week http://www.townlands.ie, stopped updating (new townlands stopped appearing as they were added).   After an investigation into the problem it was found that the database had grown so much that an upgrade is needed!   The administrator (RoryM) […]

Targets hit this week – 23rd December 2015



My name is Dermot, and I’m a Mapaholic. I started adding bits of Ireland to OpenStreetMap early in 2007 and I haven’t stopped yet. When I started, there were pockets of coverage and a few interurban roads mapped. But basic things like a coastline were still missing. I was immediately bitten […]

90 Young mappers and one flabbergasted older one!


Firstly congratulations to Stephen_Co_Antrim on achieving 10,006 townland’s!!  Given that there are approximately 64,000 townland’s in Ireland, he has completed about 1/6th of the Island all by himself!     Meanwhile townland coverage stands at 45,424 (74.3%) with County Monaghan now 100%, with just County Cavan remaining to complete Ulster.

A few targets hit this week – 28th November 2015


I’ve been meaning to write about OpenStreetMap Ireland‘s townland mapping project for some time. It’s a wonderful example of how historical maps are of significant value in creating really useful data on OpenStreetMap which is just as relevant as it today as was in the past. The immediate reason for […]

Irish Vice Counties



  “Good puzzle would be cross Dublin without passing a pub,” muses Leopold Bloom in James Joyce’s classic novel Ulysses. Back in 2011, our own Rory McCann answered this question as reported in the Guardian and showed how it could be done using OpenStreetMap as the source data. However, the data was […]

The Dublin Pub walk question….answered….again


Townlands.ie is a project maintained by Rory McCann, which shows Ireland’s historic and current administrative divisions using data from OpenStreetMap.org and Logainm.ie. He has called for people to help translate the site into different languages.  Some of you using the site may have already noticed that multiple language icons have […]

Help translate townlands.ie


Back in June a number of OpenStreetMap Ireland mappers came together with Open Knowledge Ireland to help create an interactive dashboard on the current state of patient waiting lists in Irish hospitals. One of the people present on the day, Dan Alexandru Bujoreanu, has a nice write up on the current […]

HSE patient waiting list data – visualised by OSM Ireland ...



Just a very short and quick post about townland mapping progress. In the last few days Louth (brianboru), Roscommon (NoelB) and Kilkenny (murtcostello) all hit 100% completion for townland coverage. The next county likely to finish is Dublin (brianh) in a few weeks. With Louth and Kilkenny done and Dublin following […]

A few targets hits this week – 12th August 2015



So at the last meetup one thing everyone agreed was that we need to get moving on forming into a proper entity. Its something that has been spoken about off an on for the last 2 years and something which we have done little about. With that in mind, I spent […]

Design competition for a new logo



Sadly, due to lack of publicizing about this meetup and the relatively short notice given, turn out was pretty low for this event. However, the nature of the conversations and demo’s went to a deeper level due to the smaller crowd which was a nice side benefit. Some of the […]

2015 Meetup # 1 – Fingal County Council Offices, Swords


This post is copied from the OpenCage Data Blog   Today we continue our country profile interview series, this time chatting with Dave Corley about OpenStreetMap in Ireland. Things have come a long way since SotM 2008 was held in Limerick (as an aside, I’m proud to say I was a […]

“State of OpenStreetMap in Ireland” interview