About the Map Layers

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The Deep Map of West Cork consists of a number of different layers of information. Click on the links below to find out more about the information we have used to compile these layers.

    • C18th Accounts

      These are accounts of West Cork written by travellers who visited the area during the eighteenth century.

      C19th Accounts

      These are accounts of West Cork written by travellers visiting the area, and authors of statistical accounts and surveys. They provide some historical perspectives on this rich maritime area.

      View a list of travellers’ accounts that we have reviewed for this layer of the map.


      This layer presents current environmental concerns


      This section identifies West Cork folklore and provides links to the Dúchas.ie website.

      Grand Jury Map of Cork

      This layer shows the Grand Jury Map of Cork.


      This layer provides a selection of West Cork Poetry. Some of the poems include audio clips of the poem being read. Both Irish and English poems are included. Poets include Máire Bhuí Ní Laeire, Jeremiah Joseph Callanan, James Clarence Mangan, Denis O’Sullivan and Jonathan Swift, as well as some traditional poems.


      These are recordings of small extracts from conversations with local people about the environmental priorities we identified with them, and discussions about their connection with the coast. The interviewees were

      Special Areas of Conservation

      The copyright in this layer resides with the Government of Ireland. This dataset was created by National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. This copyright material is licensed for re-use under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

      The shapefile used in this map was downloaded in January 2018 and was correct at this date – it was originally created in ITM. It includes onshore and offshore Special Areas of Conservation.

      Find out more about Special Areas of Conservation.


      Some of the flora, fauna and marine life of West Cork are introduced in this layer, along with images.

      Visual Culture

      This layer incorporates images of photographs, paintings and sketches that depict the West Cork coast. We thank the following organisations for allowing us to use images from their collections:

      Crawford Art Gallery
      Robert Richard Scanlan (1826-1904) ‘Emigrants Awaiting Embarkation’ 1852; Harry Scully (1863–1935) ‘Timoleague Abbey at Sunset’ c. 1880.

      National Library of Ireland
      Images from the Fergus O’Connor and Lawrence collections; Thomas Philips, A view of the bay of Bantrey [sic] upon the S:W: part of Ireland.

      National Photographic Archive
      Images from the Joscelyn Coghill* and Spillane collections

      National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
      Image of Fastnet Rock from the Caird Collection

      Royal Irish Academy
      Watercolours of Timoleague painted by Gabriel Beranger; images from John Windele, ‘Views of Desmond &c.’

      University College Cork, Special Collections
      Sketches from the Earl of Bantry’s sketchbooks.

      *We also thank the current copyright holder, Sir Patrick Coghill, for his permission to use the images.