GSI Awards 2010
Geology Matters Issue No 11
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GSI Awards 2010

Cunningham Awards

College Prize winners

 Sam Huleatt-James Sam Huleatt-James, Trinity College Dublin, receives his award from Mike Garvey (representing the Cunningham family) and Pat O’Connor for his work on "The geology of the Steindalur central volcano, the Westfjords, NW Iceland". Virgin territory for detailed mapping, logistically difficult and physically demanding.
 Hugh O'Leary Hugh O’Leary, University College Cork, received his award for work on "The geology of Ben Heilam". This study was conducted in a classic area, that of the Moine Thrust zone of NW Scotland. The study shows it is still possible to make progress in such areas. Hugh was unable to attend but was instead represented by his parents Eileen and Diarmuid.

Du Noyer Photo Competition
In November GSI announced the results of the 2010 Du Noyer Photographic competition. Prizes were presented to the winners at an awards ceremony in GSI offices in December. We send our warmest congratulations to the winners and we thank all entrants for their interest in the competition. Please see the competition web pages for further information

Irish Category Winners

 Doonbristy sea stack

1st - Patrick Swan, Co. Dublin

The photo depicts the enormous seastack "doonbristy" at Downpatrick Head, Ballycastle, Co. Mayo.

Its striated limestone, shale and siltstones forming a slice through time.

 Hag's Head, The Burren 2nd - Jonathan Moran, Co. Galway

"Boireann" Hag’s Head, The Burren, Co. Clare

This is a shot of the stone pillar at Hag’s Head. "Boireann" is Irish for "Great Rock"! If you have not been to visit this, please go and see it. It’s breathtaking.

 Devonian Sandstone backbone of Kerry 3rd - Donagh Keane, Co. Dublin

350 million-year-old Devonian Sandstone that runs right through the backbone of Kerry.


Foreign Category Winner
Great Aletch Glacier John McMahon, Dublin 6

Great Aletsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the Alps. It has a length of about 23 km and covers more than 120 square kilometres (more than 45 square miles) in the eastern Bernese Alps in the Swiss canton of Valais. The Aletsch Glacier is composed by three smaller glaciers converging at Concordia, where its thickness is estimated to be near 1 km. It then continues towards the Rhone valley before giving birth to the Massa river.

Geological Photography Challenge!

- GSI’s Annual Du Noyer Photo Competition

Calling all photographers, particularly amateur!

Why not head out into the outdoors this year and snap some gorgeous landscapes in your area. Then enter the annual landscape/geological photo competition run by GSI – the Du Noyer Photographic Competition.

The competition, organised in conjunction with the Irish Geological Association, is named after George Victor Du Noyer 1817 - 1869), a skilled artist who worked for many years with a youthful GSI and had a tendency to add illustrations to the geological maps on which he worked. His artistic sketches were the "field photographs" of their day and in 1995 the National Gallery of Ireland exhibited a collection of his paintings under the title "Hidden Landscapes."

This year the competition has a prize fund of €800 and it accepts photographs of geological interest taken either in Ireland or overseas. The competition’s closing date is Friday 7th October and so get snapping...! The lucky winners will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony and exhibition in the Dublin offices of GSI on December 9th.

entry details are available from

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