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2006 Census Boundaries

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The following files can only be utilised by users who have access to software which will enable them to perform their own analysis of census data within a GIS (Geographical Information Systems) environment.

The files are in ESRI Shape (SHP) format which is a proprietary format created by the Environmental System Research Institute. The ESRI Shape (SHP) file format is a vector format. SHP files support point, multi-point, polygon, polyline and multi-patches.

The ESRI file format contains three files Main file: *.shp, Index file: *.shx and DBase file: *.dbf for each boundary.

The three files must be downloaded. Most GIS applications can read SHP files.


Information pages and the files used to make up the boundaries for Cities and Towns, Census Enumeration Areas, Electoral Divisions (ED) and Garda Administrative Boundaries can be assessed by clicking on the links below.



Cities and Towns


Census Enumeration Areas


Electoral Divisions (EDs)


Garda Administrative Boundaries



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