Where to find out More

Caving as a sport
If you want to see more than you can see in a show cave, join a Caving Club where you can learn to explore caves safely in company with experienced cavers. Never go caving alone or without the proper equipment and good knowledge of current local water level conditions.

Caving clubs
The Speleological Union of Ireland c/o AFAS, House of Sport, Longmile Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12) can provide contact details for clubs and cavers in all areas. Most of its members are also part of the Irish Cave Rescue Organisation.

Irish Speleology (The Journal of the Speleological Union of Ireland); published irregularly. c/o AFAS, House of Sport, Longmile Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12.

Cave and Karst Science (The Transactions of the British Cave Research Association); published three times a year, subscription (1996) £16 per year, post paid. Contact British Cave Research Association, London WC1N 3XX.

Caves and Caving; British Cave Research Association, published 4 times a year. Free to members.

Descent magazine has an Irish column (six published per year) and is available by subscription from Wild Places Publishing, 51 Timbers Square, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 3SH, UK.

Reference books/textbooks
Caves of Co. Clare, edited by C. Self, University of Bristol Speleological Society, 1981.

Caves of Ireland, by J.C. Coleman, Anvil Books Tralee 1965 (out of print).

Caves of NW Clare, by E.K. Tratman, David and Charles, 1969.

Groundwater and Karstification in mid-Galway, South Mayo and North Clare, by D.P. Drew and D. Daly, Geological Survey of Ireland Report Series RS/93/3, 1993.

Karst Geomorphology and Hydrology, by Derek Ford and Paul Williams, published by Chapman and Hall, 1989. ISBN 0 412 44590 5.

Karst Geomorphology, by J.N. Jennings, published by Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1985.

Limestone Geomorphology, by S. Trudgill, published by Longman, London, 1985.

The Caves of Fermanagh and Cavan, by G. Ll Jones, G. Burns, T. Fogg and J. Kelly, 1977, Florencecourt, Co. Fermanagh.

On Stoney Ground: an investigation into trade in water-worn limestones between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, by Pendry, S. and Allan, C. (Eds). Countryside Agency, the Heritage Council and TRAFFIC International, 1999

Show caves
Aillwee Cave, Ballyvaghan, Co. Clare.
Tel. 065-7077036/7077067. Open mid-March to early November.

Crag Cave, Castleisland, Co. Kerry.
Contact: the Manager, Crag Cave, Castleisland, Co. Kerry. Tel. 066-41244.

Dunmore Cave, Ballyfoyle, Dunmore, Co. Kilkenny.
Tel. 056-67726. Open daily mid March to mid October, and at weekends in winter. Phone Office of Public Works, Dublin to confirm.

Marble Arch Caves, Florencecourt, Co. Fermanagh.
Contact: the Warden, Marble Arch Caves, Marlbank, Florencecourt, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT92 1EW. Tel. 01365-348855. Open March to October.

Mitchelstown Cave, Burncourt, Co. Tipperary.
Tel. 052-67246. May be visited by arrangement with the owner.

Geological Surveys

Geological Survey of ireland
Geological Survey of Northern Ireland