Welcome to the Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures website.

Explore the rich maritime environment that is found along the arc of Cork’s Roaring Water Bay, from Timoleague to Bantry Bay, as it is shaped by sea and land and imagined in literature and art.

Deep Maps: West Cork Coastal Cultures allows users to explore the cultural history of the coastline between 1700 and 1920 in ways that are structured by contemporary environmental priorities.

The website also features the voices and views of people who live and work on the West Cork coast, as we consider the ways in which a deeper sense of the cultural identity of the coastline might affect our understanding of current environmental challenges.

This project is funded by an Irish Research Council New Horizons Award, with additional support from University College Cork.  It is led by Professor Claire Connolly (School of English) and Dr. Rob McAllen (Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences).

Environmental Priorities Past and Present

The coastal marine environment is one of the most biologically diverse and resource-rich environments on the planet.  Throughout history, humans have been drawn to the coast, relying on it for their continued survival.

In recent decades, however, the  marine environment has been placed under new and increasing pressures, many of which relate, directly or indirectly, to human activity.

We have identified six environmental priorities for the West Cork coast.  Discover how they have affected the coast, both now and in the past.

Aquaculture Seal
Aquaculture Biodiversity & Conservation
Fishing Boat, Cape Clear
Climate Change Fisheries
Policy and Legislation
Policy & Legislation Pollution


Maps & Timelines

What does the West Cork coast mean to you? Our research shows that people value this rich maritime environment for a wide range of reasons – cultural, environmental and historical.

We have researched and analysed these different aspects of the West Cork coastline as it stretches from Clonakilty to the Beara Peninsula.  Using digital technologies, we have created visualisations of this rich and multi-faceted marine environment.

Maps and Timelines

Lough Hyne: Deep Map
Interactive Map of
Lough Hyne
Scientific Timeline
Lough Hyne Story Map
StoryMap of
Lough Hyne
West Cork Travellers
1700 to Present