On May 27th and 28th, the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark will host the Geopark Academy, an event full of expert discussions and presentations about the wonderful natural phenomena that make our Geopark so unique….
If you’ve ever wondered how the Burren’s vast rocky landscape thrives with such an abundance of biodiversity and wildlife, then this is the event for you. You will have the chance to hear from a panel of experts and have any of your questions answered about the geology, archaeoloy, ecology and culture in the Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. The event will present an wonderful opportunity to learn about the latest research coming from the area in each of these fields.
Below is the itinerary that we have lined up for each day. We hope you enjoy it.
Saturday May 27th Latest Research
Geology 9:30 – 11:00am
Dr. Eamon Doyle
Dr. Eamon Doyle (Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark). “New fossil discoveries tell us about the biodiversity of ancient life in the Clare shales”.
Dr. Dave O’Leary
Dr. Dave O Leary (University of Galway). “Bringing a million-year old cave in the Burren into the 21st century: Using Geophysics to view caves in 3D”.
Archaeology 11:00am – 12:30pm
Dr. Daisy Spencer
Dr. Daisy Spencer (University of Galway). “The View from the Lake: Lough Inchiquin Sheds Light on Prehistoric Farming Activity in the Burren”.
Dr. Elaine Lynch
Elaine Lynch (Field Monument Advisor Co. Clare). “Recent Archaeological Excavation of two house/huts sites at Ballyganner North”.
Lunch Break 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Ecology 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Dr. Roisín Nash
Dr. Roisin Nash (Atlantic Technological University). “Sources, pathways and environmental fate of microplastics in aquatic ecosystems”.
Dr. Brian Nelson
Dr. Brian Nelson (National Parks and Wildlife Service). “Insects and invertebrates of the Burren: a brief introduction”.
Culture 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Risteárd Ua Cróinín
Risteárd Ua Cróinín (Historical Architect). “Vernacular Houses of North Clare”
Charles Monod (Musician). “The Limestone Rock: Irish Traditional Music in the Burren”.
“The story of the Burren Centre, Kilfenora” with Catriona Murphy: Chair of the Centre- 4:30pm – 4:45pm
Burren Centre Guided Tour – 4:45pm – 5:15pm
Sunday May 28th – Field trip
Leave Kilfenora 10:00am
Stops 1 to 3 – 10:15am – 1:15pm
Killeany, Poulsallagh, Murroughtoohy (Times my vary on the day)
Stop 4 Lunch Break in Ballyvaughan – 1:30pm – 2:00pm
Stops 5 to 6 – 2:15pm – 3:15pm
Ballyallaban, Carron Turlough (Times may vary on the day
Arrive back in Kilfenora, conclusion of fieldtrip – 4:30pm