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How can I check if a property in Ireland is a flood risk?

Updated: Sep 26, 2022

With so many flooding events in recent years, home buyers can be rightly concerned if they are purchasing a house in a known flood area or near a river. But, finding information on flood risks can be difficult.

The good news is, that the vast majority of properties in Ireland are not at risk of flooding. But for those who are, the OPW (Office of Public Works) maintains a database of flood maps which show the risk of flooding in most areas in Ireland.

When you purchase a Home Hunter Report, we search this database and show you a snapshot of the flood risk in the area of the property. We also provide some useful tips for what you can do with the information.

Why is it important to know the flood history and risk of a property?

Although some insurance companies do have flood cover, many will not cover a property if it is prone to flooding. This could be a coastal property or a property on a river plain which has a history of flood events. You'll want to know if this is something you will need to consider before you proceed with the purchase of the property.

You'll also want to ensure that your property or quality of life does not suffer as a result of flooding. Although rare, there are a number of properties and towns throughout Ireland that face almost yearly flooding events. These events can last from days to weeks and can cause the closure of businesses and thousands of euros in damages to properties.


The Home Hunter Report will give you a snapshot of the local flood risk along with over 20 other pieces of information which will be vital to you deciding whether or not to proceed with your interest in a property.

To buy a Home Hunter Report, go to and enter in the postcode. It's Property Research Made Easy!

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