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Field Trip: IGA Weekend Excursion to the Coastal Geology of Co. Louth: 18th-20th MAY

18 May, 2018 @ 6:00 PM - 20 May, 2018 @ 6:00 PM IST

Irish Geological Association Weekend Excursion to the Coastal Geology of Co. Louth

18th-20th May 2018

Leaders:                     Saturday – Dr. Robert Meehan (An Talamh Ireland)

Sunday – Dr. Siobhan Power (GSI)

Boat Captain:             Shane Reenan (Louth Adventures)

What is on?

A weekend excursion to the Co. Louth Coast by sea (RIB) and shore (walking/driving)

Where is it? Our base will be at Carlingford, Co. Louth and we will visit sites around Greenore and Carlingford during the weekend.

When is it?

Evening of Friday 18th to afternoon of Sunday 20th May 2018

Who can go?

Any member of the IGA who is over 12 years of age

How much is it?

The price for boat excursions during the weekend is €65

Can I book accommodation through IGA?

Accommodation will be available for members of the Excursion group on Friday and Saturday nights. Please contact maria@geology.ie or HowardFox41@gmail.com

To book for dinner together on Saturday evening please contact maria@geology.ie

Please mention any special dietary requirements when booking

Why should I go?

This is a unique experience dealing with slice of time from the Caledonian Orogeny to the recent Quaternary geology of the north-east.

The Carlingford area was so beautiful from the sea, that it inspired one of the most magical lands ever created. C.S. Lewis wrote to his brother “that part of Restrevor which overlooks Carlingford Lough is my idea of Narnia”. “I have seen landscapes, notably in the Mourne mountains and southwards which under a particular light made me feel that at any moment a giant might raise his head over the next ridge”. The Mountains of Mourne dominate the north while Slieve Foye looms behind Carlingford village. At Greenore we will study a superb section of Quaternary geology with the wonderful geology communicator, on the page and in person, Robbie Meehan. Siobhan Power, who has worked to highlight this wonderful area, will guide us most expertly on Sunday.

The whole excursion will be empowered and facilitated logistically by Shane Reenan (yes, brother of our Website Manager Niall Reenan (UCD)!). Shane runs Louth Adventures specialising in amazing, memorable and scenic marine experiences in the Carlingford area.

More details of the itinerary will follow.

What do I need to bring?

Wet gear, stout boots, sunscreen and a soft waterproof day pack are all important. Waterproof casing for your camera is advisable. Safety equipment will be provided e.g. lifejackets

What can I access as reading resources in advance?

Baxter, S. A Geological Field Guide to Cooley, Gullion, Mourne and Slieve Croob


Gallagher, V. Meehan, R., Parkes, M. & Gatley, S. 2013. The Geological Heritage of Louth. An audit of County Geological Sites in Louth. Geological Survey of Ireland.

Geoschol page for Co. Louth https://www.gsi.ie/en-ie/publications/Pages/Geoschol-Louth-Geology.aspx

And of course… Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia!


18 May, 2018 @ 6:00 PM IST
20 May, 2018 @ 6:00 PM IST
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