28th April, 2013
This field trip is primarily aimed at beginners, amateurs and others who might not have encountered granite before or the geology of South Dublin(/North Wicklow). It might serve as an introduction to Peadar McArdle’s field trip to the Blackstairs granite this coming May. My trip will visit just two locations to examine the basics of what granite is, the rocks that are associated with granite proper (aplites, pegmatites, quartz veins), and a local sample of a rock type that the Leinster granite itself intrudes (andalusite schist). By good fortune, both stops are ‘beauty spots’, so if the weather is kind, everyone should bring their cameras. Both locations require only short walks on paved paths. However, the paths are somewhat steepish in parts. Bring appropriate footwear and wet weather gear, just in case. Finally, because parking at the first stop in Killiney can be quite problematic at weekends, I am starting the field trip at the early time of 9:30 am. Other than that, the day’s timings will be relatively relaxed. Anyway, the first stop at White Rock can quickly fill up with nudists, and we want to get there first!
Dr Ian Sanders of TCD has published an excellent booklet to help geography teachers explain the basic principles of Geology to their students.
In conjunction with this booklet, Dr. Sanders has rock sets of six common Irish rocks on offer to geography teachers. He can be contacted at – ISANDERS@tcd.ie.
Dr Patrick Wyse Jackson, Curator of Trinity’s Geology Museum, along with Dr Matthew Parkes of the National Museum, and with assistance from the Ulster Museum, have together set up a website to assist teachers of geography / geology in Ireland: www.geoschol.com
Geoschol.com offers a number of very informative wall posters, such as:
RDS Speaker Series: Dr Peadar McArdle – ‘Gold Frenzy: A story suitable for modern Ireland’?
Wicklow really did have a gold rush back in 1795 and the recently published book ‘Gold Frenzy’ describes its history as well as the source of its fabulous gold nuggets. By the mid-1930s the award of State mining facilities at Goldmine River led to Dáil charges of corruption and lease trafficking (an impossible event today, surely!), but an Oireachtas Committee dealt surprisingly efficiently with the matter.
Dr Peadar McArdle is the recently retired Director of the Geological Survey of Ireland, and his talk will detail the origin and history of the Goldmine River gold deposits.
Date: Wednesday April 03, 2013
Venue: Minerva Suite
6.00pm – 8.00pm
Free of charge and open to all. Advance booking is essential.
Event Website: http://events.rds.ie/?eventID=21129
Organiser’s Contact Details:
RDS – Library Desk
Royal Dublin Society
Tel: + 353 1 240 7254
Workshops to examine role of plate tectonics, volcanic activity and earthquakes in shaping the Burren
The Burren, County Clare, IRELAND – An introductory course examining how plate tectonics, volcanic activity and earthquakes have shaped the landscape of the Burren Region will take place during March and April.
Run by the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark and the Burren Outdoor Education Centre, “Stone, Water and Ice: Understanding the Burren Landscape” will feature lectures and outdoor excursions focusing on how the world-famous karst landscape and underground features of the Burren were formed.
The 5-week introductory course will commence on March 7th and will continue each Thursday evening during March from 7.30 to 9.30pm, culminating with a guest lecture on April 4th.
Lecturer Mairead Nic Bhloscaidh
Leinster Granite: A Beginner’s Guide
Lecturer: Patrick Rooycroft
Members’ Night & 2012 Grant Winner Presentations
25th- 26th May
Blackstairs and District
Lead by Peadar McArdle
Lead by John Walsh
Lecturer Tom Blake
Lecturer Dave Chew
Opening: 5th April Closing: 10th May
Opening: 29th March Closing: 3rd May
Last year, on Saturday, 1st of December 2012, the IGA were joined by RTÉ News to report on our gold panning adventures in the Dodder river. Gerry Stanley, of the Geological Society of Ireland, led the way on the IGAs return to the Dodder in search of Gold. See below for the full report.
Irish Geological Association AGM
Wednesday 30th January
VENUE: Exhibition Room, Rathmines Library,
157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6.
The newsletter of The Geological Survey of Ireland
Issue 13 now available here.
In this issue… (more…)
IGA NEW YEARLECTURE Wednesday, 23rd January, 2012
Explosive Volcanism and the Eruption of Diamonds
Speaker: Dr Thomas Gernon (University of Southampton)
VENUE: J.M. Synge Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2.
TCD MAP and DIRECTIONS