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How to label and name roads (Ireland)

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This page covers road names for Ireland. For other countries see this page.


This page should be read in conjunction with the wiki page about best map editing practice, which covers the editing principles common to Waze map editing in all parts of the world. The purpose of this page is to describe standard practice in Ireland and how it differs from standard practice in other countries.

In case of any questions about road naming in Ireland, please start or join a discussion in the Ireland section of the forum. For any questions about map editing in general, first study the wiki, then search the Map Editing section of the forum, and then, if necessary, ask questions in that section of the forum.

Road Types

The following convention should be followed as far as possible. This includes where major and minor routes pass through towns.

Waze Road Type Irish Road Types
Freeway Motorway (Mxx)
Major Highway National Primary & National Secondary (Nxx)
Minor Highway Regional Roads (Rxxx) including link roads into bypassed towns.
Primary Street 'Main' streets in towns and cities and rural roads (other than R roads) that are important connectors with a high traffic volume. It should be possible for two cars to pass without having to slow down before a road is made a primary street, and the road should not be a cul-de-sac, otherwise the road should be marked as a normal street.
Streets Residential Streets and most surfaced rural roads.
Dirt Road / 4X4 trail Unsurfaced rural roads that can't easily be used by a normal car.
Ramp Only for ramps joining two roads in grade-separated intersections (where one road crosses another over a bridge).
Private Road Roads that aren't open to the general public, such as college campuses, large businesses, golf clubs and gated developments.
Parking Lot Road All parts of a car park. May also be used in petrol stations to stop cars stopped in petrol stations from generating traffic reports on adjacent roads. Note that not every lane of a car park should be mapped, but only entrances, exits and main routes within the car park. See the guidance elsewhere in the wiki about mapping car parks.

Summary: motorways are Freeways, N-roads are Major Highways, R-roads are Minor Highways, major local roads are Primary Streets, all other surfaced local roads are Streets (except for special roads like private roads and roads in car parks).

Towns, cities and villages

Roads that do not form part of a town, city or village should have no city specified. Roads that do form part of a town, city or village (or run past its edge) should have the name of that settlement specified. Larger cities (such as Cork and Dublin) use the names of their suburbs as the city name for roads in those suburbs.

Waze only allows one town, city or village with the same name in each country. For duplicate city names, the county name can be appended in brackets after the city name. For example, there is a "Blackwater" in Co Clare, but a "Blackwater (Wexford)" in Co Wexford. Ideally the larger city should be the one without brackets, but sometimes it will be simpler for it to be the city that was named first, because renaming cities is not easy.

Road Names for Numbered Roads

If you are adding a local name to a numbered road then the number should be first and separated from the name by a space, for example: "R126 Hearse Rd"

Rural local roads that don't have any specific name of their own should be named after the townland they run through. If a road has an L-number sign at its end, then that road's L-number can be added to the road name. For example: "L8859 Ballytarsna". Even though L-road numbers aren't unique, having the number be part of the road name is useful to Waze users to verify that they're turning onto the right road.

Motorway Carriageway Naming Convention

Whenever possible, on split roads, name carriageways with the nominal direction of travel. Insert the direction of travel at the end of the road name, separated by a space; for example:

  • M1 N
  • M50 S

This makes traffic and incident reports much more useful and helps with navigation. Note that the direction of travel applied for the entire motorway and does not change as the motorway bends. For example, the M50 in Dublin just has an "M50 N" and an "M50 S", even though parts of it travel east-west. This applies to most other long motorways too.


The following abbreviations should be considered to conserve screen space and so that the Waze app pronounces road names properly.


  1. Roads like "The Avenue", "The Green" etc should not normally be abbreviated.
  2. TTS = Text To Speech for supported countries.

Road Name Abbreviation TTS Compatibility
Alley Aly Yes
Annex Anx Yes
Arcade Arc Yes
Avenue Ave Yes
Bayoo Byu Yes
Beach Bch Yes
Bend Bnd Yes
Bluff Blf Yes
Bottom Btm Yes
Boulevard Blvd Yes
Branch Br Yes
Bridge Brg Yes
Broadway Bdwy Untested
Brook Brk Yes
Brooks Brks Yes
Burg Bg Incompatible
Burgs Bgs Untested
Bypass Byp Yes
Camp Cp Yes
Canyon Cyn Yes
Cape Cpe Untested
Causeway Cswy Yes
Center Ctr Yes
Centers Ctrs Untested
Circle Cir Yes
Circles Cirs Untested
Cliff Clf Untested
Cliffs Clfs Untested
Close Cl Yes
Club Clb Yes
Common Cmn Untested
Corner Cor Untested
Corners Cors Untested
Course Crse Yes
Court Ct Yes
Courts Cts Untested
Cove Cv Incompatible
Coves Cvs Untested
Creek Crk Untested
Crescent Cres Yes
Crest Crst Yes
Crossing Xing Yes
Crossroad Xrd Yes
Curve Curv Yes
Dale Dl Yes
Dam Dam Yes
Divide Dv Incompatible
Drive Dr Yes
Drives Drs Untested
Estate Est Untested
Estates Ests Untested
Expressway Expy Yes
Extension Ext Yes
Extensions Exts Untested
Fall Fall Untested
Falls Fls Yes
Ferry Fry Untested
Field Fld Untested
Fields Flds Untested
Flat Flt Yes
Flats Flts Untested
Ford Frd Untested
Fords Frds Untested
Forest Frst Untested
Forge Frg Untested
Forges Frgs Untested
Fork Frk Untested
Forks Frks Untested
Fort Ft Yes
Freeway Fwy Yes
Garden Gdn Yes
Gardens Gdns Yes
Gateway Gtwy Yes
Glen Gln Yes
Glens Glns Untested
Green Grn Yes
Greens Grns Untested
Grove Grv Yes
Groves Grvs Untested
Harbor Hbr Yes
Harbors Hbrs Untested
Haven Hvn Untested
Heights Hts Yes
Highway Hwy Yes
Hill Hl Yes
Hills Hls Yes
Hollow Holw Yes
Inlet Inlt Yes
Island Is Untested
Islands Iss Untested
Isle Il Yes
Junction Jctn Yes
Junctions Jctns Yes
Key Key Yes
Keys Keys Yes
Knoll Knl Yes
Knolls Knls Yes
Lake Lk Untested
Lakes Lks Untested
Land Land Untested
Landing Lndg Yes
Lane Ln Yes
Light Lgt Yes
Lights Lgts Yes
Loaf Lf Yes
Lock Lck Yes
Locks Lcks Yes
Lodge Ldg Yes
Loop Loop Yes
Mall Mall Yes
Manor Mnr Yes
Manors Mnrs Yes
Meadow Mdw Yes
Meadows Mdws Yes
Mews Mews Yes
Mill Ml Untested
Mills Mls Untested
Mission Msn Yes
Motorway Mtwy Yes
Mount Mount Yes
Mountain Mtn Yes
Mountains Mtns Yes
Neck Nck Yes
Orchard Orch Yes
Oval Oval Yes
Overpass Opas Yes
Parade Pde Yes
Park Pk Yes
Parks Pks Yes
Parkway Pky Yes
Parkways Pkys Yes
Pass Pass Yes
Passage Psge Yes
Path Path Yes
Pike Pke Yes
Pine Pne Yes
Pines Pnes Yes
Place Pl Yes
Plain Pln Untested
Plains Plns Yes
Plaza Plz Yes
Point Pt Untested
Points Pts Yes
Port Prt Yes
Ports Prts Yes
Prairie Prr Yes
Radial Radl Yes
Ramp Ramp Yes
Ranch Rnch Yes
Rapid Rpd Incompatible
Rapids Rpds Yes
Rest Rst Untested
Ridge Rdge Yes
Ridges Rdgs Untested
Rise Rise Untested
River Riv Yes
Road Rd Yes
Roads Rds Untested
Route Rte Yes
Row Row Yes
Rue Rue Yes
Run Run Yes
Shoal Shl Yes
Shoals Shls Yes
Shore Shr Yes
Shores Shrs Yes
Skyway Skwy Yes
Spring Spg Yes
Springs Spgs Yes
Spur Spur Untested
Square Sq Yes
Squares Sqs Yes
Station Sta Yes
Stream Strm Yes
Street St Yes
Streets Sts Yes
Summit Smt Yes
Terrace Ter Yes
Throughwawy Thwy Yes
Trace Trce Yes
Track Trak Yes
Trafficway Trfy Yes
Trail Trl Yes
Tunnel Tunl Yes
Turnpike Tpk Yes
Underpass Upas Yes
Union Un Untested
Unions Uns Yes
Valley Vly Yes
Valleys Vlys Yes
Viaduct Vdct Yes
View Vw Yes
Views Vws Yes
Village Vlg Yes
Villages Vlgs Yes
Ville Vl Untested
Vista Vis Yes
Walk Walk Yes
Wall Wall Yes
Waters Wtr Untested
Way Way Yes
Ways Ways Yes
Well Wl Yes
Wells Wls Yes