County Geological Sites Audits

The Irish Geological Heritage Programme is identifying and selecting the very best national sites for NHA designation, to represent the country's geology. It is also identifying many sites of national or local geological heritage importance, which are classed as County Geological Sites (CGS), although these will not receive the statutory protection of NHA sites. However, the IGH Programme views the Local Authorities as critical partners in protecting, through the planning system, those CGS which fall within their county limits. In many cases these are often sites of high amenity or educational value, already zoned or listed in the plan. Listing in the CDP provides protection of the sites against potentially damaging developments that normally require planning permission, such as building, quarrying, landfilling or forestry. It is also important that the democratic process of public consultation and approval by councillors of the CDP means that stakeholders in the sites and all the local community can buy into the process.

CGS have been adopted in the National Heritage Plan, and will form a major strand of geological nature conservation to complement the various ecological and cultural conservation measures. It is important to note however, that management issues for the majority of geological heritage sites may differ from ecological sites, and in some cases development may facilitate enhanced geological understanding of a site by exposing more rock sections - for example, in a quarry extension. Consultation at the earliest stages can identify any issues relevant to an individual site or proposed development.

These two geological site designations (NHA & CGS) supersede the Area of Scientific Interest (ASIs) designation of previous decades, although geological sites have only recently been subject to re-assessment. County Geological Sites are the optimal way of addressing the responsibility of each authority under the Planning and Development Act 2000 to protect sites of geological interest.

The best way to document the geological heritage is to carry out an Audit of County Geological Sites. A County Geological Heritage Project is usually supported by the Local Authority, GSI and the Heritage Council. It is usually an action of the current Heritage Plan. The diagram below summarises the process:

County Geological Sites - a step by step guide

The audits carried out so far and subsequent produced reports are available below for download. 

The latest audit data can be viewed on the new heritage viewer.

If you are a Planner or a Heritage Officer interested in getting your County Geological Sites Audit carried out, depending on funding availability, please contact Sarah Gatley, 01-678 2837, sarah.gatley@gsi.ie , Head of the IGH programme, to discuss details and timeframe.



Offaly
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Offaly was completed in 2016. The audit was carried out by Ronan Hennessy, Robert Meehan, Matthew Parkes, Vincent Gallagher and Sarah Gatley. The Offaly Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey Ireland and th...
Laois
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Laois was completed in 2016. The audit was carried out by Matthew Parkes, Ronan Hennessy, Robert Meehan, Vincent Gallagher and Sarah Gatley. The Laois Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey Ireland and the ...
Longford
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Longford was completed in 2015. The audit was carried out by Ronan Hennessy, Robert Meehan, Matthew Parkes and Sarah Gatley. The Longford Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland, Longford County C...
Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown
The audit of County Geological Sites in Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown was completed in 2014. The audit was carried out by Ronan Hennessy, Robert Meehan, Matthew Parkes, Vincent Gallagher and Sarah Gatley. The Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the ...
Dublin City
The audit of County Geological Sites in Dublin City was completed in 2014. The audit was carried out by Matthew Parkes, Vincent Gallagher, Ronan Hennessy, Robert Meehan and Sarah Gatley. The Dublin City Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Irela...
Wicklow
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Wicklow was completed in 2014. The audit was carried out by Robert Meehan, Matthew Parkes, Vincent Gallagher, Ronan Hennessy and Sarah Gatley. The Wicklow Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland, ...
South Dublin
The audit of County Geological Sites in South Dublin County was completed in 2014. The audit was carried out by Ronan Hennessy, Robert Meehan, Matthew Parkes, Vincent Gallagher and Sarah Gatley. The South Dublin Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey...
Monaghan
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Monaghan was completed in December 2013. The audit was carried out by Robbie Meehan, Vincent Gallagher and Matthew Parkes. The Monaghan Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland, Monaghan County Cou...
Cavan
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Cavan was completed in December 2013. The audit was carried out by Matthew Parkes, Robbie Meehan and Vincent Gallagher. The Cavan Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland, the Cavan County Council ...
Louth
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Louth was completed in December 2013. The audit was carried out by Vincent Gallagher, Robbie Meehan and Matthew Parkes. The Louth Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland, Louth County Council and ...
Carlow
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Carlow was completed in 2004. The audit was carried out by Matthew Parkes and Claire McAteer. The Carlow Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland, Stone Developments Ltd. and the Carlow County Coun...
Kildare
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Kildare was completed in 2005. The audit was carried out by Matthew Parkes and Aaron Sheehan-Clarke. The Kildare Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Kildare County Council. The resulti...
Sligo
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Sligo was completed in 2004. The audit was carried out by Claire McAteer and Matthew Parkes. The Sligo Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Sligo County Council. The resulting report wa...
Clare
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Clare was completed in 2005. The audit was carried out by Matthew Parkes, Claire McAteer and Scott Engering. The Clare Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Clare County Council. The res...
Roscommon
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Roscommon was completed in October 2012. The audit was carried out by Matthew Parkes and Robbie Meehan. The Roscommon Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland, Roscommon County Council and County R...
Waterford
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Waterford was completed in 2011 and revised in early 2012. The audit was carried out by Matthew Parkes and Robbie Meehan. The Waterford Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Waterford Co...
Meath
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Meath was completed in 2007 and revised in 2009. The audit was carried out by Aaron Clarke and Matthew Parkes and revised by Sarah Gatley in 2009. The Meath Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland...
Kilkenny
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Kilkenny was completed in 2007. The audit was carried out by Aaron Clarke, Matthew Parkes and Sarah Gatley. The Kilkenny Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Kilkenny County Council, the Kilkenny Heritage Forum and the Geo...
Fingal
The audit of County Geological Sites in Co. Fingal was completed in 2007. The audit was carried out by Aaron Clarke and Matthew Parkes. The Fingal Geological Heritage Project was supported by the Heritage Council, the Geological Survey of Ireland and the Fingal County Council. The resulting report w...