Heritage Maps: A Pathway Into Our Past

Episode 8,  Mar 25, 2021, 03:55 PM

Maps provide a multi-dimensional pathway into our past, and The Heritage Council has ambitious plans which will embrace various layers of Irish life. Heritagemaps.ie – overseen by Project Manager Pat Reid – is currently working on a range of projects, such as tracking the history of Irish lace and Irish stained glass.

Maps provide a multi-dimensional pathway into our past, and The Heritage Council has ambitious plans which will embrace various layers of Irish life.
Heritagemaps.ie – overseen by Project Manager Pat Reid – is currently working on a range of projects, such as tracking the history of Irish lace and Irish stained glass.

In today’s podcast, Pat explains how a recent mapping project linked up with the Irish Traditional Music Archive. This initiative referenced a particular song to a relevant townland or place name.

He points out that a recent map detailing Sheela na Gigs in Ireland went viral around the world, which received over 40,000 hits daily, bringing Heritagemaps.ie to a worldwide audience.

The response highlighted a particular interest the Irish diaspora has on heritage matters.  

Currently, 20% of those accessing the site are from outside Ireland.
The site has also been used , in previous years, by those planning a visit to Ireland, thereby making a contribution to the tourism sector.

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