Geoheritage grants are awarded to support the development and sustainability of Ireland's geoheritage through community-driven geoscience outreach initiatives, including education, geotourism and geoheritage related site preparation, to promote economic growth. Take a look at some of the successful applications from previous years here.
Geological Survey Ireland has awarded Geoheritage grants to six community-based projects around the country. The funds, valued at up to €10,000 each, are available under the Geoheritage Grant Scheme run by the Geoheritage Programme in Geological Survey Ireland. They support the development and publication of educational and outreach materials by local groups, established geotourism sites, aspiring geoparks and UNESCO Global Geoparks. The aim of the fund is to encourage the telling of the Irish geological story, improve the understanding of geoscience, and to engage with groups throughout the country.
Valentia Island Geoheritage Association (VIGA) is a not-for-profit organization, one of whose aims is to promote Valentia Island's geoheritage and geotourism, in tandem with developing sustainable employment and enterprise on Valentia Island and surrounding areas in Co. Kerry. The Island is home to the world-renowned Devonian tetrapod trackways which showcase one of the earliest traces of land-dwelling vertebrates (amphibians). VIGA seek to promote both the tetrapod trackway and the Valentia Slate Quarry by developing a geotour of these locations highlighting their unique geology. Other initiatives include a promotional poster of Valentia Island geology, a 1-inch geologic map of the Island and Valentia slate coasters with engraved tetrapod footprints. Additionally, the design of a geological lookout point at Valentia Slate Quarry with a dramatic, free standing, slate monolith and interpretative panels highlighting the area's geological history are also proposed. Website coming soon!
Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark in Co. Waterford showcases the area's geology and mining heritage. They aim to review and then rejuvenate the existing geoheritage and geology exhibition of the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre. It is proposed to rewrite, redesign, and reprint all panels within the exhibition with a more geologically engaging and up to date format, with separated zones of interest for visitors. Their intention is to increase the geoheritage educational value of the exhibition which will be a significant resource for outreach, primary and secondary schools, and children both in the local area and further afield.
PROJECT Belturbet is a community group in Belturbet, Co. Cavan who seek to develop their town and its environs. To promote the area's geoheritage, they propose to build a life size model of a woolly mammoth on Turbet Island as part of the existing Dreamscapes Trail. Woolly mammoth remnants were discovered on Turbet Island making it an ideal location to highlight the Island's Ice Age past. The woolly mammoth model and associated geological information will act as a focal point for tourists, schools and colleges to visit and learn about the rich geological history of the area.
Oideas Gael are located in southwest Donegal. They seek to raise awareness of the Sliabh Liag peninsula as an area of geological and geomorphological significance by increasing local knowledge of the geology of the area and the geological processes responsible for the formation of the modern landscape. Oideas Gael aims to promote geotourism and geoheritage by creating and delivering educational programs by combining geology within a wider cultural heritage context, for example, exploring the local archaeology, folklore, placenames and the geological connections with Scotland and North America. Find more information here.
The Cuilcagh Lakelands (formerly Marble Arch Caves) UNESCO Global Geopark is a cross border geopark located in counties Cavan and Fermanagh. The aim of their project was to create an online poetry map linking specific sites around the Geopark, with each having their own poem reflecting the unique geoheritage and geology of that site. They engaged with both new and established poets by commissioning them to write a site-specific poem that would be inspired by the geology of a particular location within the geopark, and there was also engagement with local schools to help pupils to create their own poems about the local landscape and geoheritage. The online Poetry Map was launched on UNESCO World Poetry Day on the 21st March 2022, and can be found here.
The goal of this project was to link the archaeological and historical built heritage of Cork City to its geology of Devonian sandstones, Carboniferous limestones and Quaternary sands and gravels. In doing so, it can make Cork's geoheritage accessible and engaging to local people. The project used online innovations, geology walking trails, a virtual exhibition and schools outreach to link Cork City's historical heritage to its geology. Follow the website as it develops.