The Sacred Heart University campus in Dingle (SHU in Dingle), County Kerry, Ireland, has a mission to offer education to third-level students and to partner with An Díseart Centre of Irish Spirituality and Culture :: Ionad Spioradáltachta agus Cultúir Ghaelaigh, and with the Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium/ Mara Beo, as well as with the town and peninsula of Dingle as a member of the community. SHU in Dingle has also been in partnership with several Irish universities, including Munster Technological University, University College Cork, Trinity College Dublin, University of Galway, and Queen’s University Belfast collaborating on workshops, conferences, and publications.
To this end, SHU in Dingle has created several research projects that look at the natural and built environment of the Dingle peninsula and look for important ways to promote sustainability. For several years it has monitored weather and sampled soils to determine patterns of climate change. It has also co-sponsored various conferences and workshops that offer educational opportunities students and scholars. See the list of conferences and workshops on the www.shuindingle.com site.
This project seeks to record the geographical, environmental, historical and cultural places on the Dingle peninsula. The idea for this project arose after the discovery in April 2021 of a Bronze Age burial tomb, which led to the realization that there is still much to discover and record.
The Dingle peninsula can be considered an outdoor museum, with its Bronze Age tombs, medieval chapels, oratories and monasteries, and old stone cottages, as well as spectacular mountains, hills, ocean coves and cliffs. Yet in an ever-changing environment, preservation and sustainability are key to its future, and this can only come from a deeper knowledge of all that it contains.
This new project, Chorca Dhuibhne / Deep Mapping / Dingle Peninsula, uses the term ‘deep mapping’ as a guiding methodology. The new methodology is one of the newest approaches in environmental humanities that seeks to understand the totality of human cultural heritage as rooted in a place.
Literary theory has advanced a geocritical method referred to as “literary cartography” that studies places described in literature by several authors as well as the effects of literary representations of a given space. In this way writers map their worlds, exposing a rich topography that includes physical features and local history and culture. This investigation has led to the deep mapping that goes beyond the physical characteristics and includes memories and oral history, folklore, archeology, weather, and science, with a goal of establishing a multi-layered record of a specific place in relation to its global connections.
Nessa Cronin, in an article “Deep Mapping Communities in the West of Ireland,” has highlighted some important considerations. She underlines that deep mapping has “…more contemporary concerns about how people inhabit their ‘home- places’ and indeed how communities both inherit and create their cartography of belonging through everyday social and cultural practices. Community mapping is an act of expressing and making tangible that which is tacit and often remains intangible, inaudible, and invisible to people ‘outside’ of the immediate community or locale. While such work may appear to be ‘just’ an expression of a local community mapping exercise, it may also incorporate strands of the global, whether through the expression of shared concerns about the environmental degradation of local water systems or mapping projects that acknowledge migrant spaces (whether ‘old’ or ‘new’) within existing local communities. Such various (and variable) ground truthings offered both method and material for their own deep mapping of place.” 
Some common elements of deep mapping are:
 Nessa Cronin, in an article “Deep Mapping Communities in the West of Ireland,” in Thinking Continental Book Subtitle: Writing the Planet One Place at a Time, eds. Tom Lynch, Susan Naramore Maher, Drucilla Wall, O. Alan Weltzien. University of Nebraska Press, 2017, 47.
 Seamus Heaney, “In Gallarus Oratory,” in Door Into The Dark (1969).
 Bodenhamer, Corrigan, Harris, Deep Maps and Spatial Narratives.