Karst Field Trip

Roscommon's Hidden Landscapes

In August 2000 Conor MacDermot (RIP) spent two days in the field with members of staff of the Groundwater Programme of the GSI, assisting with fieldwork for the County Roscommon Groundwater Protection Scheme.

The range of topics investigated, and the out-of-the-way places that were visited, proved extremely stimulating to Conor, providing him with "many new views on a part of the country that I thought I knew." Conor enthused afterwards that the trip was a good example of why geology must be seen in the field, preferably with people who have a broad knowledge of subject and place. It also stimulated Conor to put together this review of the field trip.

1.Mullaghnashee (Fairymount) - an introduction to the geology and landscapes of north Roscommon.
2. Cloonmagunnane - what comes out must go in somewhere...
3. Earth tides - ups and downs of the water table
4. Lisacul area - the River Lung above and below ground
5. Owenygat - gateway to the Otherworld
6. Ogulla spring - a holy well visited by St. Patrick
7. Cruachan Aí Visitor Centre - archaeology & mythology of Rathcroghan
8. Feacle Turlough - where has all the water gone?
9. Eskers and moraines - sand and gravel country

Those who find this field trip interesting may also wish to view ar article on Pollawaddy Cave, Roscommon that appeared in the irish Speleology Journal in 2000.  It's accessible here.
MullaghnasheeCloonmagunnaneCloonmagunnaneEarth TidesLisaculFeacle TurloughOgulla springCruachan Aí Visitor CentreOwenygat