Eircode Irish Postcodes – AMD
The Eircode Irish Postcodes point file is used to precisely geocode your data in Eire. Every postal address is located and addresses included in a standard format with a unique reference number for each of the 2 million plus addresses. In addition to house names and numbers, postcodes etc, the data identifies the DED in which the property lies.
- Individual postcodes for 2 million premises precisely located with X & Y co-ordinates
- Each premise within building has its own unique postcode (e.g. flat 1)
- Addresses in both English and Irish
- Co-ordinates provided in three different reference systems for accuracy with your existing map data
- DED information included so can be linked to geodemographics (DED boundaries available separately)
- Additional address categories e.g. whether office or factory
- FREE routing area polygon file included providing boundaries for the 139 ‘routing key’ areas
- Allmapdata add the relevant townland for each address and provide a FREE townlands boundary file for use in mapping applications
Data Type: Vector Points
How is it used?
- To geocode your own Republic of Ireland addressed data (add x,y co-ordinates so you map the data)
- Uniquely identify every address to building level
- Link together other Irish datasets held at different levels of geography
- Match customer data to DEDs (DED boundaries available separately)
- Creating shaded maps for using the boundaries for 139 principal towns
- Ideal for applications such as: mailing home delivery, crime analysis, insurance premium calculation, rural service provision, mailing for marketing applications etc.
- 3-digit “routing key” boundaries
- Townland boundaries
- 2.2m addresses geocoded to premise level
- 23,089 historic codes
Unlike UK postcodes, there are no postcode sectors, districts and areas, but the new Eircode is structured into a 3 digit routing key (identifying key towns through which mail is routed) followed by a 4 digit unique identifier. The AMD team have further enhanced the dataset by creating 3-digit boundaries and adding them to the Eircode database, free of charge. These 139 boundaries can be used to thematically shade your data at a principal post town level.
Republic of Ireland
Unique location data for every postal address
Most countries have a postcode system that identifies groups of premises into a single code with co-ordinates for the centre of that group of properties. The 7-digit Eircode is more detailed than other postal systems as it is premise based and will separately locate each address in the Republic of Ireland.
The Eircode address database from the allmapdata (AMD) team at CACI provides building level geographic co-ordinates in Irish National Grid and Lat/Long, address details in English and Irish, DED and other information for each postal address. This enables users to geocode their own data at individual address level. Generally this will be a single building, but for buildings with multiple occupancy an Eircode is provided for each separate address within the building e.g. “Unit One” or “Apartment 2”.
Non-unique addresses now assigned unique code
However, be aware that in Eire there is a high proportion of properties with the same name in the same townland, so your geocoding will always be more accurate if you obtain the Eircode direct from your customer rather than trying to address match old addresses to modern Eircodes. Approximately 35% of all Irish addresses are non-unique which equates to 600,000 addresses. Previously post was delivered to these addresses by the postal delivery personnel’s local knowledge of which addressee lives in which house.