Southern Ireland Map


Southern Ireland Map

A comprehensive guide to maps of Southern Ireland. All you need to know about the different cities and towns of Southern Ireland.

How did Ireland appear in the 16th Century? What did Southern Ireland look like after the Settlement Act of 1653? How does it differ form the Ireland of today? Want to discover the origin of your family surname? We have even included a map from the 16th century showing Irish surnames!

Just click on one of the maps below for a free large printable version. Information and facts on different Irish Counties, Cities and Towns. Discover lots of useful information about Southern Ireland in our selection of free online printable Maps.

Irish Maps

Southern Ireland Map - Road Map
Visitors to Ireland should remember that Ireland is indeed two separate countries with different laws and currencies. Road signs in the republic of Ireland are usually in Irish and English but some smaller towns will only have the Irish town name listed.  The image below taken in Southern Ireland shows the towns names in Irish and the distance in kilometers.

Southern Ireland Road Sign

It is important to remember when driving in Northern Ireland that the road signs and speeds are in Miles and Miles per hour (MPH) as opposed to the Republic where the speeds and signs are in Kilometres and Kilometres per hour (KPH). This can be very confusing when travelling in Ulster as there are no borders to warn you that you have entered a different country! The driver will just see a welcome sign e.g.. Welcome to Cavan, this is the only indication that you have in fact entered a different country! When driving from Dublin to Donegal for example there are several occasions when you will go from Northern Ireland to the Republic and back again! This is especially confusing at service stations as the currency changes from UK pounds to the Irish Euro. The image below shows the main cities in Ireland with the major roads that link them. Northern Ireland is marked in a different shade to Southern Ireland. Click here or on the map below to view a printable copy of the map.

Road Map of Ireland

Road Map of Ireland -
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Southern Ireland Map - 16th Century
The image below shows Ireland at the beginning of the 16th Century. Click here or on the map for a larger printable image. Family surnames have also been included, useful for genealogy research or anyone wishing to see where their Irish family or surname originated! Some of the original surnames included a O' prefix, and spellings slightly differ.

Ireland 16th Century Map

Image of 16th Century Ireland -
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Southern Ireland Map - Settlement Act 1653
The map below represents how Ireland was divided according the the Act Of Settlement passed on the 26th September 1653 by the English parliament and Oliver Cromwell. Click here or on the map below for a larger printable image. Oliver Cromwell and the English parliament passed the order to force the Irish people 'To Hell or to Connaught'. The Irish people had their land taken away and were either killed or moved to the small section of Ireland located to the west of the River Shannon covering the counties of Clare, Roscommon, Galway and a large part of Mayo The seizure of the Irish land was punishment by Cromwell for the Irish rebellion of 1641, he was determined to remove land and property from the Irish and hand it over to the English.

Ireland Map Settlement Act 1653

Image of Ireland in 1632
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Southern Ireland Map - Historical Map 1660-1800
The map below depicts how the Island of Ireland looked from the years 1660 to 1800. There are several lines added to the map showing the routes of important events in Irish History that occurred during that period. They include:

Schomberg's March - This event began in 1689 when Frederick Schomberg who was the 1st Duke of Schomberg landed at Ballyholme Bay in County Down as leader of King William's army to take part in the Williamite–Jacobite War, known in Irish as 'Cogadh an Dá Rí' which translates to  'The War of the Two Kings' and refers to the war was between Catholic King James II and Protestant King William of Orange to decide who would become King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Schomberg's campaign was a slow one, his path was blocked by Tyrconnell who was the leader of the Jacobite army (King James II). Thousands of soldiers were lost to disease and not through battle as both armies camped through harsh winter weather and lack of food.

William's March
- William III of England was also known as Prince of Orange and is probably best known as 'King Billy'. Protestant William was victorious over Catholic James in the Battle of The Boyne, an iconic event in Irish history which took place on the 1st July 1690. The Battle of The Boyne is commemorated every year on the 12th July by Protestants who march to celebrate the victory of Protestant King Billy over the Catholics. The Battle of the Boyne is a hugely symbolic event in the history of Ireland and Britain and is often referred to as simply 'The Twelfth'. Even today celebrations held by the protestant Orange orders causes controversy with the Catholics.

Ginkel's March - Godard de Ginkell was the leader of the Williamite army  who fought against the Jacobites (led by Marquis de St Ruth ) in the Battle of Aughrim (July 1691). The Battle of Aughrim was the last and decisive battle of the Williamite War in Ireland. It was fought between the Jacobites and the forces of William III in Aughrim in County Galway. It ended the period of Jacobitism in Ireland. (Jacobitism was a political movement in United Kingdom and Ireland, their aim was to restore the James II of England who was the Stuart King to the throne of England, Scotland and Ireland.
Jacobitism took its name from Jacobus, which is the Latin form of James.)

Humberts March - This event occurred in 1798 and was part of the Irish Rebellion of 1798, an uprising against British rule in Ireland. The rebellion lasted from May to September 1798. In August 1798, about 1,000 French soldiers under General Jean Humbert landed at Kilcummin in County Mayo.  Joined by up to 5,000 local rebels, they had some success against the English, at the Battle of Castlebar in County Mayo and the Battle of Collooney in County Sligo and even set up a "Republic of Connaught" for a short tine. These battles are commonly known to the people in the West of Ireland as 'Bliain na bhFrancach' which translates as "The Year of the French". The commander for the French army was Jean Humbert and the map shows the route taken by the French army.

Ireland Map 1660-1800

Image of Ireland from 1660-1800
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Southern Ireland Map - 1808
The map below shows the four provinces which make up the Island of Ireland; Ulster, Connaught, Leinster and Munster. Ulster includes the following counties: Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry, Monaghan, and Tyrone. Three of the counties in Ulster are actually part of the Republic of Ireland! The province of Connaught includes counties: Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo. The Leinster province includes the most counties, they are: Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow. Finally, the province of Munster includes counties: Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.

Ireland Map Provinces

Image of Ireland with Provinces in 1808
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Southern Ireland Map

  • Southern Ireland Map 16th Century

  • Road Map of Ireland

  • Provinces of Ireland

  • Map of Ireland from 1660 to 1800

  • What did Ireland look like after the Settlement Act of 1653?

  • Map including origin of Irish Surnames

Map of Ireland Image


Southern Ireland Map - Pictures and Videos
Discover the vast selection of pictures relating to maps of Southern ireland and illustrating the different counties and provinces that make up the country of Ireland. See how the map of Southern Ireland has changed over the centuries. Useful maps of Southern Ireland, free for you to print and keep for reference or research. The pictures show the different counties and provinces, they also display how English rule has affected the boundaries and separated Ireland into two distinct countries which make up the island of Ireland. A great free resource for all ages. Useful as an educational history and geography resource for kids and children of all ages as well as those wanting to learn more about the history of Ireland. We have included pictures and videos to accompany the main topic within the maps section. The videos enable fast access to the images and pictures together with information and many historical facts. All of the articles and pages can be accessed via the about Ireland Index - a great educational resource for everyone!


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