Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism

The three aims of this project are;

· to establish a new geotourism region centred in the three Palaeogene Complexes of Carlingford, Gullion and Mourne,

· to increase knowledge and understanding of the geology and the landscape at all academic levels.

· to explore the possibility of seeking Geopark status for the region.

The Mourne Cooley Gulllion Geotourism project started in 2012 with funding from the INTERREG IVA Cross-border programme. The project partners are Newry and Mourne, Down, and Banbridge District Councils, Louth County Council, Mourne Heritage Trust, East Border Region Ltd. and SEUPB, with support from GSI and GSNI.

Since 2012, the project has worked hard to develop a strong educational and outreach programme for the Mourne Cooley Gullion region. Some of the highlights include:

· Two-hour geology and archaeology visits to all primary and secondary schools in the region.

· Purchase of eight seismometers and computers as part of the Seismology in Schools programme.

· EXPO2014, 18- 20 June, 2014. Papers from national and international researchers in geology, geomorphology and archaeology, exhibition and networking events for local tourism businesses. Launch event for the new GSI/GSNI Bedrock Geology map of Ireland.

· A Geo Ambassador training programme for tourism businesses and people with an interest in their local place. 75 people have completed this training so far and many of them now run events in the Geo Community weeks in May and December.

· Geo Conservation volunteer group who meet most Saturdays to remove invasive plant species from sensitive areas, do little picks and help with mountain path maintainence.

· A year-round list of free lectures, walking tours and bus tours aimed at locals and visitors.

Please find more information here www.mournecooleygullion.com

Previous to this project, Louth County Council commissioned a geological field guide to promote understanding of the geology of the Cooley-Gullion-Mourne-Slieve Croob area. The guide was written by Dr Sadhbh Baxter and was published as part the Louth Heritage Plan 2007-11 actions. It was made possible thanks to the Louth Heritage Forum support and generous sponsors including The Heritage Council and the Geological Survey of Ireland.

A geological field guide to Cooley, Gullion, Mourne and Slieve Croob.
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