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What's new in May in Irish Geoparks?

What's new in May in Irish Geoparks?


Eamon Doyle from the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UGGp was recently presented with a UVA Lamp from Brian Kelleher, a lecturer in the School of Chemical Sciences DCU. The lamp was a token of gratitude for Doyle’s continuous work with the environmental science students in the Burren over the years. He will use the UVA lamp to look for minerals that fluoresce different colours under UV light compared to visible light so are easier to see. Doyle's position as Geopark Geologist is co-funded by Geological Survey Ireland.

Cuilcagh Lakelands UGGp has seen the reopening of the boardwalk trail near Lough Navar. There are also a number of activities and events taking place at the Geopark. For more information on trails and events, please visit their website here.

The Copper Coast UGGp is conducting geology and mining heritage tours for tourist and groups throughout the summer. The geopark connects local guides with tour groups for a two hour walking tour of geological sites and Mining Heritage. The geopark is continuing to develop this tour offering as a sustainable visitor experience.

Joyce Country and Western Lakes Aspiring Geopark now has a Community Liaison Person for each of the 20 communities in their geopark. The Community Liaison Persons will be key connectors with the geoparks three networks – communities, businesses and education. The geoparks first Ciorcal Comhrá in Oughterard was a great success, over 30 people attended on a Friday evening. Similar events are planned in other towns. There will be an official opening of the Mám Éan Geotrail this summer, including the launch and integration of the Western Way into the International Appalachian Trail. Meanwhile, universities are taking advantage of the geological diversity to study and enjoy the fascinating landscape and communities. The geopark is also helping spread the word about the marvellous dark skies – Mayo leading the way, and Galway is on the way. Read more in their March newsletter on their website.