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Field trip: Kiltorcan 2020 end-Devonian plant fossil excursion with Maria Cullen (IGA VP) and Dan O’Neill (Quarry Owner)

5 September, 2020 @ 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM IST


Kiltorcan Quarry is a botanical fossil site of international significance since first described by James Flanagan (Geological Survey staff member) in the early 19th century. Material such fossil plants and tree ferns were described new to science from this area i.e. this is the original location of important Type material that describes early terrestrial plants. The Kiltorcan Formation represents in part a fluvio-deltaic system where tall tree ferns and their associated flora and fauna lived 360 Million years ago. Please join us for a memorable tour and an opportunity to find your own small pieces of Planet Earth botanical and geological history. It is a wonderful thing to crack open a layer of rock and rediscover part of a plant that has not been seen since late Devonian times.

Date: 5th September

Time: 11:30hrs until approx. 15:00hrs

Where: Golf Club, Kiltorcan, near Ballyhale, Co. Kilkenny
We will park at the Kiltorcan Golf Club Car park and will walk to and fro from the quarry.

Leaders: Maria Cullen and Dan O’Neill (Quarry Owner)

Each participant will be required to bring their own hard hat, geological hammer, safety glasses/goggles and hand sanitiser. In addition, members can of course bring gloves and face masks as per IGA Covid-19 field trip protocol.

Registration: IGA Members only.  Details on how to register will be sent by email.


5 September, 2020
12:30 PM - 4:00 PM IST
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