GeoDirectory’s Irish Address Database FAQ

What is GeoDirectory?

GeoDirectory is Ireland’s most authoritative electronic register of addresses matched precisely to their geographical locations. Being straightforward and easy to use it has helped hundreds of businesses and other organisations in Ireland in reaching out to customers. Click here to find out more.

What does GeoDirectory give you?

GeoDirectory gives companies and organisations the power to accurately know where buildings, residential and business, are. GeoDirectory gives each property a standardised eight digit code. It classifies each building as being either residential or commercial. Each building is located to within a metre with pinpoint accuracy. GeoDirectory also gives further breakdowns of information such as townlands, electoral and county divisions. Click here to view our products.

What is Eircode?

Eircode is the official Postcode system for Ireland. The new postcode is a mix of Alphas and Numeric’s and is seven characters in length. 

The Eircode Postcode is divided into two parts a routing key and a unique identifier. The routing key is the first three characters representing the general area and the last four characters the unique identifier. An example of an Eircode Postcode is A65 R2GF. 

Read our full list of Eircode FAQs here.

What are Postcodes?

As defined by the Universal Postal Union (UPU), a postcode is a ‘unique, universal identifier that unambiguously identifies the addressee’s locality and assists in the transmission and sorting of mail items’.

Does GeoDirectory supply Eircodes?

Yes, we are an official reseller of Eircodes. If you are currently using our products you can request for Eircodes to be included in your data by contacting us on 01 705 7005. 

Is Eircode compulsory?

No, it is not compulsary to use.

How can I use GeoDirectory?

GeoDirectory helps businesses to operate more effectively. Our vast store of information is used to simplify the management of customer contact information and to identify potential new customers. GeoDirectory allows customers to provide Internet location-based services or improve the efficiency and accuracy of delivery route design.

GeoDirectory is a powerful business tool that, alongside other data such as the national census or a company’s own customer profiles, can help identify the best sites for business location or pinpoint the most effective advertising sites or reveal geographical trends and patterns that can be visualised when displayed on a map.

You will be amazed at what GeoDirectory can deliver. GeoDirectory is so powerful it can even identify target markets by income group, age profile, home ownership and other criteria (used in conjunction with CSO data).

How easy is it to manage GeoDirectory?

GeoDirectory is aimed at the medium to larger sized organisation with a need for fast, accurate information in an easy to use format. GeoDirectory comes in four separate formats to download:

  • CSV (Excel compatible)
  • Access
  • Oracle Dump
  • XML

Who is behind GeoDirectory?

GeoDirectory is developed jointly by An Post and Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) – two of the State’s most reliable institutions. Their years of experience and expertise have been combined to create a database of 1.87 million buildings and 2.2 million addresses. Find out more about GeoDirectory here.

How is GeoDirectory updated?

Every quarter An Post’s delivery staff is debriefed for ‘on the ground intelligence’. This is fed into a database by a dedicated team of support staff who are regular communication with local authority planning departments. This information is then geocoded by Ordnance Survey Ireland. We add in feedback from existing customers and then these updates are available to our existing clients free of charge.

No address database can ever remain static so every year GeoDirectory makes up to 600,000 changes (close a third of the database) as new buildings are constructed, addresses are amended or reclassified, as companies relocate and as new companies are established while others cease trading.

What are geocodes and how can I use them?

A geocode is a reference number based on latitude and longitude (X,Y coordinates). GeoDirectory uses geocodes to precisely pinpoint the geographical location of buildings and other features of the landscape to within a metre of where it stands.

Using geocodes supplied by GeoDirectory, in conjunction with mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, individual buildings can be visually depicted on a map of Ireland to create sales territories, routing schedules, catchment areas and locations of current, new and prospective customers.

Where can I get the mapping and software?

GeoDirectory is supplied as a ‘flat file’. It is delivered in a format suitable for importing into any standard database and/or GIS package. Mapping products are available from Ordnance Survey Ireland.

The unit that I occupy in an industrial estate does not seem to be on your database, how do I get it added?

Please submit the address via our contact us form and we will investigate your query further. Please be aware that address queries can take from a few weeks to a few months to resolve.

My business name has changed, how do I change it on the database?

Please submit the address as it currently appears and your proposed change via our contact us form and we will investigate your query further. Please be aware that address queries can take from a few weeks to a few months to resolve.

The spelling of my house name is incorrect how do I change this?

Please submit the address as it currently appears and your proposed change via our contact us form and we will investigate your query further. Please be aware that address queries can take from a few weeks to a few months to resolve.

The personal name associated with my property is incorrect, how do I change it?

GeoDirectory do not hold any personal details on their database. Names are not associated with addresses.

There is a business name associated with my property but there is no business trading there, how do I get this removed?

Please submit the address as it currently appears via our contact us form and we will investigate your query further. Please be aware that address queries can take from a few weeks to a few months to resolve.

How can I capture the power of GeoDirectory?

Simply contact us today.