The extended Geological Survey Ireland family was shocked and
saddened to learn of the sudden death of one of our own, Matthew Parkes, over
the weekend. Dr Matthew Parkes worked for many years in Geological Survey
Ireland before moving to the National Museum of Ireland. He retained Scientific
Visitor status at Geological Survey Ireland and maintained his connection with
us through his work on the County Geological Audits, the Irish Fossil
collection and database, and through his annual involvement in the BT Young
Scientist exhibition. He encouraged education and outreach collaboration
between Geological Survey Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland and our
current project, an exhibition on Irish Geoscience, co-curated by Matthew, to mark the 175th
anniversary of the establishment of Geological Survey Ireland will open at
the National Museum of Ireland - Collins Barracks, Dublin, after current
COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Our sincere sympathy is with his family in Ireland and Britain,
his geoscience and museum colleagues around the world and everyone saddened by
his sudden death.
Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann.