The Geological Survey maintains an extensive collection of
drill core at its storage facility in Sandyford. The collection has been
assembled over many years and consists primarily of core drilled by the Geological Survey and core
donated by others, especially the minerals industry. This drill core is a
significant asset not only for the Geological Survey in carrying out its mandate but also serves
as a valuable source for many sectors including academia, the minerals sector
and the geotechnical sector.
A copy of the current core store catalogue is available for download.
The core store is located at:
Sandyford Industrial Estate
Viewing is by appointment only.
Please contact our staff either by phone: +353 (0)1294 1227 or email: gsi.corestore AT dccae.gov.ie to arrange a visit.
Access charge €100 (including first 20 boxes). Additional boxes €2 (per box). Additional daily charge of €50 per day after the first.
Due to space constraints only 150 boxes can be viewed in a visit, more boxes can be viewed with a turnaround time of two days. There will be no additional access charge in these cases.
Donated cores may be viewed by the donor within a period of two years after donation at a reduced access charge of €40.
Special rates are available for research projects.
A small collection of core is held at a site in Roscommon Town, the contents are available for download.
This site is not staffed, but visits can be arranged if necessary with a long lead time and a maximum of 100 trays per day. Additional trays can be viewed but there will be a two day turnaround. There are no sampling facilities at this site.