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    Using GIS to map the evolution of the Gaeltacht


    Ni Bhrádaigh, Emer and McCarron, Stephen and Walsh, John and Duffy, Patrick (2007) Using GIS to map the evolution of the Gaeltacht. Irish Geography, 40 (1). pp. 99-108. ISSN 0075-0778

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    Abstract

    This paper describes the results of using digital mapping techniques (Geographic Information Systems - GIS) to facilitate the translation of historical legislative documents into large-scale (townland level) maps of the Gaeltacht. The boundaries of the Gaeltacht, within the error limits of the digital spatial data, indicate the changing spatial extent of the Gaeltacht from its inception through phases of legislative reform throughout the 20th century. This spatial definition of the Gaeltacht has largely been the basis of protection for the Irish language since independence. Changes in the defining criteria and modification of areas comprising the Gaeltacht have resulted in a discontinuous modern Gaeltacht which lacks definition in any single legislative document. A digital version of the modem Gaeltacht boundary in a GIS readable format will allow its integration with other spatial datasets and gives the administrative region new clarity of definition. This paper does discuss the actual use of Irish in the Gaeltacht.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: GIS; map; evolution; Gaeltacht;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 8874
    Depositing User: Dr. Stephen McCarron
    Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2017 14:21
    Journal or Publication Title: Irish Geography
    Publisher: Taylor & Francis
    Refereed: Yes
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