Global Network of National Geoparks

European Geoparks Week,26th May - 2nd June 2008

Published :February 19, 2008

European Geoparks Week is an annual event that occurs throughout the European Geoparks Network at the same time each year. The aim is to raise awareness of the European Geoparks Network (EGN) by celebrating both Europe's common geological history and the role that each individual Geopark plays within this. At the local level, this is an opportunity to explore the geology, landscape, wildlife, archaeology and build heritage of the Copper Coast.

The year 2008 has been proclaimed by the UN General Assembly as the International Year of Planet Earth (IYPE). Ireland fully supported the proclamation. The EGN fully support IYPE. In Ireland, the European Geoparks Week will coincide with Planet Earth Week, from the 26th May to the 2nd June 2008. 

The Copper Coast Geopark Programmed is under preparation but walks, kids' activities and other events will be organized. The programmed is under preparation. A full week geology course will also take place. See below details of the course.


Geology Course,
26th May - 1st June 2008

(evening classes + week end fieldtrips)

"Introduction to Geology,
the study of Earth" 

Organized by Copper Coast Geopark, the course is aimed at a general audience with no specific background in geology, but a general interest in the topic. The course will provide a general introduction to geology and the background to understand the geology of South East Ireland.

The course will comprise a series of evening lectures during the week and fieldtrips over the week end (tide dependant). The series will start on Monday 26th May 2008 at 7pm, venue to be confirmed early 2008.

Course components:

- Lectures
- Practical work (indoors)
- Field work (outdoors)

Course structure:

- 5 indoors sessions of 2 hours, 7-9pm, Monday to Friday
- 2 fieldtrips along the Copper Coast to familiarise oneself with fieldwork, Saturday and Sunday morning.

Timetable details:

1- Monday 26th May: Our dynamic Earth, Geological Time

2- Tuesday 27th May: Elements & compounds, Igneous Rocks

3- Wednesday 28th May: Sedimentary & Metamorphic Rocks

4- Thursday 29th May: Paleontology

5- Friday 30th May: The geology of South East Ireland

6- Saturday 31st May: 1st field trip, 10am - 12pm: Introduction to field work

7- Sunday 1st June: 2nd field trip, 10am - 1pm: Introduction to the Copper Coast rocks and the geology of South East Ireland

Course Fee: €110

Please note that places are limited to 24 and are allocated on receipt of €40 deposit.

To book, please contact Paula at 051-292828 or Sophie at 01-6782741.