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Quantity Surveying: Maps

National Monuments Service

The National Monuments Service is part of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Among its functions is surveying and compiling inventories of sites of archaeological interest.  

These data are stored in the Archaeological Survey of Ireland's Sites and Monumnents Record.  They are available as paper maps and files and in digital form in a Historic Enviroment Viewer on the National Monuments Services Website.

National Inventory of Architectural Heritage

The purpose of the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage is to identify, record and evaluate the post-1700 architectural heritage of Ireland as an aid in the protection and conservation of the built heritage.  

Ordnance Survey of Ireland Digital Maps

The National Mapping Agreement allows educational institutions to access Ordnance Survey of Ireland mapping data not normally made available to the general public.  One of the main features is the use of the premium basemaps which display a high level of detail at a large scale.     

Access to maps available under the National Mapping Agreement is at:

(Note: NMA mapping may not work correctly in all browsers.  If the default browser on your PC won't open the correct basemap, copy the link above and paste it into the address line of an alternative up to date browser)

The link will bring you to a login page.

You will need to get the username and password from the Library.

When you enter your username and password, a screen will open with Introducing Geohive.

At the top of the screen choose the link Make Your Map.  This will open the map viewer for the National Mapping Agreement.  When you are finished using the Mapviewer, Click the NMA Viewer logo at the top left of the screen.  This will return you to the Introducing Geohive page.

Click Logout at the top right of the screen.  Otherwise you may not be able to access the National Mapping Agreement  Viewer again until the system times you out.





This digital map service is available on the Ordnance Survey of Ireland web site:     Services  Geohive

Or you can go directly to the mapviewer     Mapviewer

When you enter the page, a map of Ireland is displayed.

At the top right of the screen is a +/- zoom tool

Click/Hold the mouse to move the map around

There is a Search Box at the top of the screen to find particular addresses

Another tool for customising your map is the:

Data Catalogue

On a PC this appears to the left of the screen

On other devices it may be necessary to select a menu link to make it appear.

Each item you select in the data catalogue will be added as a layer to the map.

When you select an item, a Transparency tool appears allowing you to fade it in and out.

In this way you can create a map with different layers of information.


NMS Print Maps

The National Monumnts Service have produced paper maps and indexes based on the Sites and Monuments Record.  

The maps are based on the Ordnance Survey of Ireland Maps with each archaeological site circled.

The index allows particular sites to be searched by name.

The Yeats Library has most of these maps and booklets in stock.

They are stored in the Plan Drawer Cabinets in the maps area of the Library.

They are not used very frequently since the information was made available digitally in the Historical Environment Viewer