Organised by the Copper Coast Geopark to celebrate European Geoparks Week and the International Year of Planet Earth 2008, the course will provide a general introduction to geology and the background to understand the geology of South East Ireland.

The course is open to anybody with no specific background in geology but a genuine interest/curiosity in the topic. (No age limit either, previous courses attracted students from 16 to 76 years old). So if you've always wanted to find out about rocks, plate tectonics, volcanoes, fossils...it might be the course for you.  

The course will comprise a series of evening lectures / practicals during the week and fieldtrips over the week end (tide dependant). The series will start on Monday 26th May 2008, at 7pm, in Knockmahon School, Bunmahon.

Course components:
- Lectures
- Practical work (indoors)
- Field work (outdoors)

Course structure:
- Duration: 1 week (26th May - 1st June 2008)
- 5 indoors sessions of 2 hours, 7pm-9pm, Monday to Friday
- 2 fieldtrips along the Copper Coast to familiarise oneself with fieldwork, tide dependant, Saturday and Sunday morning.

Timetable details:
1- Monday 26th May: Our dynamic Earth, Geological Time
2- Tuesday 27th May: Elements and compounds, Igneous rocks
3- Wednesday 28th May: Sedimentary & Metamorphic rocks
4- Thursday 29th May: Palaeontology
5- Friday 30th May: The geology of South East Ireland
6- Saturday 31st May: 1st fieldtrip, 10am-12pm: Introduction to field work
7- Sunday 1st June: 2nd fieldtrip, 10am-1pm: Exploration of the Copper Coast rocks

Course Fee: €110
Please note that places are limited to 24 and are allocated on receipt of €40 deposit. Cheque payable to "Copper Coast Geopark", to send to Copper Coast Geopark, Knockmahon Lodge, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford.

To book, please contact Sophie Préteseille (sophie.preteseille@gsi.ie) at 01-6782741.

Venue: Knockmahon Primary School, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford (for evening classes). Meeting place for fieldtrips will be given during the course.

For more information about the Copper Coast Geopark, please visit: www.coppercoastgeopark.com

Attendance: 11