The Atlas of the Island of Ireland contains hundreds of socio-economic variables at the Small Area (SA) level. This atlas has been developed under the Evidence-Based Planning theme of the Ireland Northern Ireland Cross-border Cooperation Observatory (INICCO-2) CrosSPlaN-2 funded research programme which responds to the need for sustained support to territorial cooperation in the Irish border region.

Aims & Objectives

The Atlas of the Island of Ireland has been jointly developed by the International Centre for Local and Regional Development (ICLRD) and the All-Island Research Observatory (AIRO).  Prepared under the Evidence-Informed Planning element of the Cross-Border Spatial Planning and Training Network (CroSPlaN II) programme, this  project is part-financed by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. 

We are most grateful for the funding that was made available to support this project: the development of this hard back Atlas; the development of the on-line digital Atlas and the hosting of a series of census seminars and data days. We are also most grateful to the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DELCG) for their financial assistance in co-funding the printing of this Atlas and funding the preparation of the All-Island Deprivation Index. 

The Atlas of the Island of Ireland principally maps census data available in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. Two main organisations are responsible for gathering and disseminating this key demographic, social and economic information. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) in Ireland are responsible for the development of the Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS) and are available at both the Electoral Division (ED) and Small Area (SA) geographical scale. We are particularly grateful to Deirdre Cullen, Gerry Walker, Aileen Healy and the staff at the Census Division for assisting us on this project and developing additional tables that were not available through SAPS. The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) have provided all of the required statistical information for Northern Ireland.

Official launch of the Atlas of the Island of Ireland at the ICLRD Annual Conference in Enniskillen, Jan 2015

The final outputs from this project are available to view and download using the links below:

The Atlas of the Island of Ireland on-line Mapping Viewer

Download a PDF version of the hard back Atlas here (please note - this is a large file 23mb). To request a physical copy of the Atlas please contact AIRO

Census Seminar presentations:

Seminar 1: Population and Economy on the island of Ireland -  download demography, economy

Seminar 2: Housing and Transport on the island of Ireland - download housing, transport & communications

Seminar 3: Health and Disability on the Island of Ireland - download

Seminar 4: All-Island Deprivation Index - download

You can also download all of the underlying Atlas data sets by visiting the AIRO DataStore

Justin Gleeson of AIRO presenting the findings of the Atlas of the Island of Ireland, Jan 2015

The transfer from raw census data to maps required the use of a variety of geographical boundary files.  We are most grateful to the team at the Ordnance Survey Ireland and Land and Property Services Northern Ireland who assisted in administering the relevant copyright licences.

Data Licences: Ordnance Survey Ireland Licence No. EN 005814 © Ordnance Survey Ireland/Government of Ireland, Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland Licence © Crown Copyright 2014 Permit No. 140029

The development of both the mapping within this Atlas and the accompanying on-line digital atlas, an equally important aspect to this overall project, could not have been carried out without the assistance and dedication of the wider AIRO team.  Sincere gratitude to Eoghan McCarthy, Aoife Dowling and Alan Campbell for their assistance in developing the census datasets and the production of many of the maps within this Atlas. This team have also been responsible for running an excellent series of census seminars and census 'data days' over the last 18 months.