Pedestrians finding a new way to get around capital’s streets

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Dublin’s Lord Mayor Andrew Montague will launch the next phase of the city’s Wayfinding System at the junction of Grafton St and St. Stephen’s Green at 10.30am on Monday 26th September. Its main feature is 20 double-sided map panels which will provide pedestrians with a new navigational tool to get around the capital’s streets.

The panels are the first in Ireland to use heads up mapping.  Heads up mapping means the map you are looking at more closely resembles the streetscape around you than the traditional north/south map. As well as Grafton St, the panels can be found at strategic locations including Merrion Square, Heuston & Connolly Stations, Temple Bar and three locations on O’Connell St.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Andrew Montague says “As well as being the first ‘heads up’ maps to appear on Ireland’s streets, these map panels are important as they are centred on public and civic amenities. They tell you where to find the nearest Luas or dublinbikes stop, how to get to a gallery, museum, train station or park. All 20 are individually designed and as they are back-lit they will be permanently visible. I have no doubt that they will be a very significant resource for locals and visitors.”

The Wayfinding System is the final element of the civic amenity contract that Dublin City Council negotiated with JCDecaux Ireland.  Under the Dublin City Way Finding Scheme, 60 directional fingerpost signs were installed in the city in 2010. This phase provides a further 24 fingerposts which will complement and enhance the 20 combination panels.

Joanne Grant, Managing Director with JCDecaux Ireland says “JCDecaux is very proud to be part of this hugely successful public realm enhancement programme and to have delivered a way finding system which leads the way in terms of best international practice and is bespoke to Dublin.”

Michael Stubbs, Assistant City Manager with Dublin City Council says “taken together the map panels and fingerposts signs represent the first integrated signage system in the city. The system gives consistent and reliable information to users and is a significant addition to the city’s public realm.”




For more information

For further information

Dublin City Council Press Office T. (01) 222 2107,

Download city map: Dublin City Council’s new ‘Welcome to Dublin’ map complements the scheme and can be downloaded from

Notes to the Editor

The map panels: Each map panel is 2.5 metres high by 1 metre wide and includes a fingerpost sign on the top.  All are double- sided and feature energy saving LED illumination.

Map panel locations:  Henry Street, O’Connell Street  x 3, Temple Bar, Grattan Bridge, Capel Street, Tara Street Station, College Green, William Street South, Westland Row, Merrion Square, Grafton Street, St. Stephen’s Green, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Cornmarket, Kilmainham, Heuston Station, Inn’s Quay, Connolly Station.

Dublin City Way Finding Scheme

The Way Finding scheme is provided to Dublin city as part of the public realm contract between Dublin City Council and JCDecaux.  This contract has included the hugely successful dublinbikes and also the development of a civic information network for Dublin City Council, funded through advertising.

The Dublin way finding system provides a comprehensive network of directional signage for pedestrians, particularly visitors to the city. Fingerpost destinations are listed in both Irish and English.

The locations of the fingerposts and map panels, the map content and the design of each element of the scheme has been achieved following extensive consultation between JCDecaux and Dublin City Council with international way finding experts and disability groups.

The design, finish and colour palette of the way finding system, complements the other members of the JCDecaux Dublin street furniture family; the Metroformats and dublinbikes.  Each map unit has been made using shot peened stainless steel, toughened low iron glass and stainless steel countersunk fixings.

 Each map panel is designed individually and enhanced with the addition of three-dimensional landmarks.