The Geoheritage Programme is pleased to announce the
recently completed County Geological Sites audit “The Geological Heritage of
County Limerick” carried out by Robert Meehan, Vincent Gallagher, Ronan
Hennessy and Clare Glanville.
County Limerick boasts a wide variety of geological heritage
sites providing a foundation of interest for local tourism, cultural heritage
identity and rich biodiversity. The support for the geological heritage
audit from Limerick County Council is critical in raising the profiles of
geological heritage sites while also maximising their potential, since some
sites may otherwise remain unknown or be overlooked in favour of cultural
heritage or biodiversity.
The Audit documents what are currently understood by the
Irish Geological Heritage Programme of Geological Survey Ireland to be the most
important sites within County Limerick. It identifies them as County Geological
Sites (CGS) for their recommended inclusion within the County Development Plan
(CDP) and County Heritage Plan. The audit provides a more detailed study of the
sites to replace a provisional listing based on a desk study which was adopted
in the 2013-2019 CDP. The report can be accessed here.
Data and Maps Update
The geological heritage data for County Limerick has now
been updated on Geological Survey Ireland’s web viewer in our Data and
Maps section. Individual County Geological Sites (CGS) are mapped and
the associated site reports can be downloaded directly.