South Dublin County Council and South Dublin Libraries win LAMA Awards

January 27, 2011

At the Local Authority Members' Association (LAMA) Awards Ceremony held on Saturday 22nd January, South Dublin County Council won the inaugural award for Council of the Year and three other awards:

Best Use of External Communication: Project: Connecting the Past: Mapping South Dublin County in Time

Best Recreational Facility: Project: Grand Canal Way Green Route 3rd-12th Lock

Best Public Park: Project: Corkagh Park

Connecting the Past: Mapping South Dublin County in Time

The project makes the paper-based map collection of the Local Studies Section of the County Library in Tallaght available interactively in layers 24/7 to the citizens of South Dublin County, to customers of South Dublin County Council and of South Dublin Libraries, to the public in general and to staff of South Dublin County Council via the internet using GIS technology at This provides access to series of maps dating from 1760 including today’s aerial photography and Ordnance Survey mapping.

The current project was informed by our customers and includes elements which they felt were important: an address search where customers could locate an address over time; a townland search where local historians could trace the development of a townland over time, and information on each of the map series used.

The Project is the work of South Dublin Libraries and the Geospatial Team in South Dublin County Council's IT Services