Groundwater bodies

Groundwater bodies

The Groundwater Body (GWB) is the management unit under the Water Framework Directive (WFD).  Groundwater bodies are subdivisions of large geographical areas of aquifers so that they can be effectively managed in order to protect the groundwater and linked surface waters.

The GWB delineation methodology is described in the document, "Approach to Delineation of Groundwater Bodies" (Guidance Document GW2, WFD Groundwater Working Group). 

The GWB descriptions were developed by Geological Survey Ireland and are based on a set of conceptual models that were developed to fit the range of hydrogeological settings in Ireland. Each GWB has been assigned to one of the conceptual models, which include karst aquifers, productive fissured aquifers, poorly productive aquifers, and sand and gravel aquifers.

The Groundwater Body Descriptions are listed below in alphabetical order.

​A B C​ D E F​ G H​ I​ K​ ​L
M N O P R S T U V W ​Y


A

Abbeyfeale
Achill
Adamstown
Aghagower
Anierin - Cuilcagh East
Annaghmore
Araglin
Aran Island (Donegal)
Aran Islands (Galway)
Ardee
Ardnacrusha
Ashford
Askeaton
Athboy
Athlone West
Aughrim

 

B

Bagenalstown
Bailieborough
Balbriggan
Ballaghnatrillick
Ballany
Ballina
Ballinamore-Swanlibar
Ballincollig
Ballinderry
Ballingarry
Ballingarry Area 24
Ballinhassig
Ballintogher
Ballybofey
Ballygar
Ballygawley
Ballyglass
Ballyhean
Ballyhoura
Ballyhoura Kiltorcan
Ballyknock
Ballylongford
Ballymanus
Ballymore Eustace
Ballymote
Ballyneety
Ballyshannon
Ballyshannon East
Ballyshannon South
Ballysteen
Ballyvaughan
Balrothery
Baltinglass
Banagher
Bandon
Bangor
Bansha
Banteer
Barraghcore
Barrow Valley
Bear Island
Beara Sneem
Belhavel Lough
Bellacorick-Killala
Belmullet
Belmullet Sand Gravel
Beltra Lough North
Beltra Lough South
Beltra-Sligo
Bennetsbridge
Bettystown
Birr
Blessington
Borrisokane
Brandon Head
Bredagh
Bridgetown
Brinny
Bruree
Bundoran
Burren

 

C

Cadamstown Gravel
Cahersiveen
Cahir
Cahore Point
Cahore Point-OCM
Callan
Camross
Cappoquin Kiltorcan
Carndonagh Gravels
Carrick on Shannon
Carrick on Suir
Carrickmacross
Carrowmore East
Carrowmore West
Castlebridge A
Castlebridge B
Castlecomer
Castleconnell
Castle Ffrench
Castlekeeran
Castlemaine
Castlerea
Castlerea Bellangare
Cavan
Charleville
Claddagh-Swanlibar
Clara
Clare-Corrib
Clare Island
Clarinbridge
Clifden-Castlebar
Clifden
Clifden Marbles
Clogher Head Gravels
Clonaslee
Clonaslee West
Clones
Clonmel
Cloyne
Collooney
Cong-Robe
Coolrain
Corrib Gravel
Craggaunboy
Cratloe
Crusheen
Curlew
Curraghroe
Cushina

 

D
Daingean
Deel
Derravaragh
Derrybrien
Derrymore
Digby Bridge
Dingle
Donaghmore
Donegal Bay Gravels
Donegal South
Donegal Northwest
Donegal-Ballintra
Donore
Doorin Point
Drogheda
Dromahair
Dromiskin Gravel
Drumcliff-Strandhill
Duagh Gravel
Dublin
Duckstown
Duleek
Dundalk
Dundalk Gravel
Dungarvan
Dunmore
Dunmore East
Dunshaughlin
Durrow
Dursey Island
Dysart

 

E
Easky Left
Easky Right
Ennis
Enniscorthy
Enniskerry

 

F
Fanad Gravels
Fardystown
Fedamore
Feenagh
Ferbane
Fethard
Foxford
Foyle Gravels
Freshford
Frosses
Funshinagh

 

G
Geashill
Geevagh
Glenade
Glenade Dowra
Glenaniff
Glencar
Glenfarne
Glenomra Gravel
Glenville
Goresbridge
Gorey
Gormanstown
Gorteen
Grange East
Grange West
Gweedore Bay Island

 

H
Haulbowline Island
Helvick Head
Herbertstown
Hill of Tara
Hospital
Hynestown

 

I

Inch
Inishkea Islands
Inishowen East
Inishturk
Inistioge
Inny
Inny-Drumone Gravel
Inny-Lough Ree
Inver-Banagher Hill

 

K

Kenmare
Kerry Head
Kilcoole
Kilcullen
Kildare
Kildimo
Kildoney North
Kilglass-Dromod
Kilkelly-Charlestown
Kilkenny
Kilkerian Bay and Islands
Kilkishen
Kill
Killala North
Killala South
Killarga
Killarga South
Killashandra
Killavally
Killenaule
Killygordon
Kilmaclenine
Kilmanagh
Kilmeedy
Kilmuckridge
Kilrathmurry
Kilrion
Kilrush
Kiltyclogher
Kingscourt
Kinvara-Gort
Knock
Knockaderry
Knockadoon
Knockaskallen
Knockatallon
Knockmealdown
Knockroe East
Knockroe Northwest
Knockroe Southwest
Knockseefin-Longstone East
Knockseefin-Longstone West

 

L
Lahardaun
Lanesborough
Largydonnell
Laune-Muckross
Lavagh-Ballintougher
Letterfrack Marbles
Limerick City East
Limerick City North
Limerick City North West
Limerick City South West
Lisdowney
Lismaline
Lismore
Lissycasey
Lisvarrinane
Longford
Longwood
Longwood Gravel
Lough Acrick
Lough Allen Uplands
Lough Graney
Lough Lene
Lough Swilly
Lough Swilly East
Lough Swilly West
Loughrea
Louth
Lusk

 

M
Maam-Clonbur
Maamturks EAST Marbles
Maamturks WEST Marbles
Malranny
Manor Cunningham
Midleton
Milltown Malbay
Mitchelstown
Mohill
Monaghan Town
Monnagh
Mosney
Mount Mary
Mount William
Mountmellick
Moy Gravel
Moynalty
Moynalvy
Mullinavat

 

N
Naas
Narraghmore
Nenagh
New Ross
Newcastle West
Newport
Newtown
Newtown-Ballyconnell
Newtown Ballyhea
Newtown Forbes
North Kilmallock

 

O

Old Kilcullen
Omey Island
Oughterard Marbles

 

P
Pallas Grean
Patrickswell
Pettigo
Pollaphuca Gravel
Portlaoise

 

R
Raphoe
Rathangan
Rathdowney
Rathmore
Rathnacally
Realtage
Recess
Recess Marbles
Rhode
Ringarogy-Clear Sherkin Island
Ringaskiddy
River Foyle
Riverstown
Rosegreen
Rosenallis
Ross Lake
Rosses Point
Rossinver
Rutland Island Group

 

S
Sallins
Scartaglin
Scramoge North
Scramoge South
Shanagolden
Shanahoe
Shannon Lower Central Gravel
Shannon Lower Northern Gravel
Shannon Lower Southern Gravel
Shanragh
Shinrone
Slieve Bawn Telton
Slieve Bloom North
Slieve Bloom South
Slieve Elva
Slieve Phelim
Slieve Rushen
Slieve Rushen South
Slieveardagh Hills
Spa
Spiddal
St Johns Point
Stoneyford
Stradbally
Suck North
Suck South
Summerhill
Swilly Gravel
Swinford
Swords

 

T
Tallow
Templemore A
Templemore B
The Curragh
The Curragh East
Thomastown
Thurles
Tievebaun
Timahoe
Tipperary
Tobercurry
Tory Island
Tourig Group
Tramore
Trim
Tullaghan-Lough Melvin
Tullamore
Tulla-Newmarket on Fergus
Tydavnet
Tynagh

 

U
Upper Deele

 

V
Valencia Island

 

W
Waterford
Whitegate
Wicklow
Wilkinstown
Williamstown Gravels

 

Y
Yellow Strand