The Heritage Council established the National Biodiversity Data Centre in 2007. In today’s podcast, we speak to Dr Liam Lysaght, Director of the Data Centre, as he explains why it was established and the strategic importance of its work.
Episode 8- Heritage Maps: A Pathway Into Our Past
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 and how a recent mapping project in Ireland went viral around the world.
Maps provide a multi-dimensional pathway into our past. And The Heritage Council has ambitious plans which will embrace various layers of Irish life. 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. It 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.