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12th and 19th September: IGA Field Trips – Peter Lewis Memorial Gold Panning Trip with Frank Clissmann (IGA)

12 September, 2020 - 13 September, 2020

It’s that time of year again and we’re delighted to announce that we will be running our annual Gold Panning trip in memory of Peter Lewis on Saturday 12th September (lockdown permitting).  Frank has very kindly offered to do it a second date so we will be running it on the 19th September too, should there be enough participants.

For long time members this is a very important trip. A time to remember our old friend Peter, who is greatly missed by those who had the pleasure to be involved with the IGA when he was around, enjoying one of his favorite past times, gold panning! He would be delighted to know that we’re still inspiring amateur geologists to be their own prospectors and welcoming members old and new to experience a fun day of Gold Panning!

Date: Saturdays 12th September and 19th September
Start Time: 10:00am
Where: Knocksink, Co. Wicklow
(Map and coordinates will be sent to those registered)
Leader: Frank Clissmann (IGA)

Frank Graduated from TCD in 1974 with an honours degree in Geology and worked around Ireland with various exploration companies for the following eight years.

Most of the exploration companies pulled out of Ireland by 1982 and he decided to remain in Ireland with a young family, rather than doing exploration work in Africa. Instead, he got involved with the recently invented PVC window business at that time and has been working in the window business ever since, apart that is, from an eight year stint working in the family firm, assembling, marketing and servicing PC compatibles in Ireland.

Frank has been an IGA member for many years and has been a Council member for some of them. As a Council member, he also got involved in helping to organise quite a few IGA foreign field trips.

Frank Clissmann and Peter enjoyed many a gold panning trip together, going far and wide to find gold and perfecting their gold panning skills in the process! There’s no better a man to lead us on this adventure!

GSI have very kindly loaned us panning equipment for the day, which will have been isolated prior to the trip. However it’s very important to note that you will be assigned equipment at the start of the day and this is not to be shared with any other trip attendees (unless they are a member of your household). Please bring your own hand sanitizer to use before using the equipment and a face mask for when the group is gathered together. And of course remember to always social distance in the field!
Wellies and appropriate clothing to keep warm are also essential for this trip, the weather is certainly unpredictable at present!

Be aware we’ve put together the IGA’s Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines (available HERE and in the registration form).  Please note that registration is compulsory and places are given on a first come first served basis as numbers are limited to 15. There will be a waiting list and we will advise you if you’re on this following completion of the registration form.

This trip is for IGA Members ONLY and the link to online registration form will be sent by email.  Any question, please email irishgeologicalassociation@geology.ie .


12 September, 2020
13 September, 2020