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2017 IQUA Field meeting, South – West Donegal, 15th – 17th of September.

Below are details of our exciting IQUA field trip to South-west Donegal over the weekend of the 15th – 17th of September so save the dates and hopefully we will see you all in Donegal.
About 8:00 pm on Friday the 15th there will be a welcome address in the meeting room of the Nesbitt Arms Hotel by Lochlann McGill. Lochlann is President of Donegal Historical Society and author of In Conall’s Footsteps, which describes local Neolithic, Bronze Age and early Christian archaeology; then a talk by Helene Burningham Coastal Research specialist at UCL who has studied the dunes and estuaries of west Donegal for many years.
On Saturday morning (9:00 start) the main focus will be around the Ardara - Narin area. We will visit and discuss archaeology and complementary neotectonics evidence that bears on the Mesolithic-Neolithic transition. BYO lunch (tea/coffee supplied) will be at the Sheskinmore Nature Reserve Hostel. This reserve comprises large areas of sand dunes, lake and marsh that lies between Kiltoorish and Loughros More, north west of Ardara. This area is designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), a Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Wildfowl Sanctuary. There will be talks by Bettina Stefanini on the Palaeonvironmental evidence of the area and John Shaw (Canadian Geological Survey) at the hostel and a walk across part of the reserve. A visit to Kilclooney Dolmen will conclude the afternoon.
On Sunday we will visit Malinmore, Malinbeg & Glencolmcille led by Dr. Brian Lacy, who has been researching the archaeology and early medieval history of Cos Donegal and Derry for 40 years. A former university lecturer and museum director in Derry, he directed the archaeological survey of Donegal (1979-83). His particular interest is the lore and archaeology of Glencolmcille and early Christian remains in the area. We aim to return to Ardara carpark by 2:30 pm to let drivers make good headway homewards before dark.

Map fArdara area.


We will be based in Ardara, 20 Km from Donegal town.
Due to narrow roads our day trips will be by minibuses from the car park close to Ardara bridge,

Places to stay
The Nesbitt Arms in Ardara will be the venue for Friday night and rooms have been kept for IQUA members for Friday and Saturday night so you can book for weekend 15-17 September.
They currently have 10 single rooms available for €75 per night B&B
Also plenty of double rooms for €100 per night B&B.
Please call the Nesbitt Arms on 074951103 and reserve your room.

There is also the Drumbaran Hostel in Ardara (0749541200). It will be available in September. It has 5 double rooms B&B and in a separate house with 4 double rooms to rent separately.


To enable estimates of the level of attendance it would be most helpful if intending participants would indicate their likely interest by email to Ellen on as soon as possible. This will help us estimate minibus hire and attendance numbers.








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IQUA is pleased to announce that our bid to host the INQUA 2019 Congress in Dublin has been successful. Check out our dedicated INQUA 2019 page outlining aspects of our bid, which we'll update frequently. We thank everyone for their support during the bidding process.


Please also feel free to stop by our INQUA 2019 Facebook page for news and updates and other information on the Irish Quaternary, as well as our INQUA 2019 Twitter page. Alternatively, here's our INQUA 2019 bid flier, or just click on the image above.


Update: INQUA 2019 Field Excursions, 2nd Phase Call. Thank you in advance to all those considering organising an excursion associated with the INQUA 2019 Congress. We are pleased to announce the "Phase 2" Call to take forward the planning for Congress-related excursions, which will be a vital part of the Congress. For those interested, please download this form, complete it as fully as possible, and email to the Chair of the INQUA2019 LOCFC, Dr. Bettina Stefanini, at, on or before 4th November 2016.



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