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The 2016 IQUA Annual Field Meeting


Irish Quaternary Association Autumn meeting 2016

Dates:30 September to 2 October 2016

Venue: Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, Co. Galway

Local organising committee: Galway Geological Association (GGA)



Friday evening, 31 September:

We will meet at the Lady Gregory Hotel (phone no. 091 632 333) in Gort for registration and a presentation by Pete Coxon on the type site for the Gortian inter-glacial, and by Maria Long on the botany of the Burren.

Registration will start at 19.00 and finish at 20.00. Presentations will start at 20.00

The registration fee will be 35euros. This includes the coach and a copy of the field guide.

Please note that, to comply with insurance regulations, participants in the fieldtrips must become IQUA members if they are not already. Membership Fees for 2016 (€15) can be paid at registration.

Saturday, 1 October

09.00 on Saturday morning we board a coach at the Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, to travel to the various sites around the Burren.  Roads in the area are narrow and parking is limited so use of the coach is important to keep convoy problems to a minimum and avoid disruption to local residents. Our first stop will be at Turlough Hill, Co Clare, site of recent excavations as reported in the Irish Times

On Turlough Hill, we will look at the archaeology with Ros ÓMaoldúin, Maria Long will discuss the botany,and Richard Moles will talk about Burren soils (or lack of them!).  The walk up Turlough Hill takes approximately 40 minutes over rough ground so appropriate footwear and raingear should be worn.

13.15: Lunch will be at Cassidy's Pub and Restaurant,Carran which overlooks the Carran polje and turlough. The owners have agreed to open for us (it's out of season) and they will serve soup and sandwiches for €10 a head. This will have to be pre-ordered so we will require an indication of interest first thing on Saturday morning (on the coach).

14.15: After lunch, we head to the nearby NUIG Carran Field Research Facility where Michael Lynch will present a display of artefacts from his recent excavations in Fanore and Doolin, one of which we plan to visit on Sunday.

15.15: David Drew and Colin Bunce will lead us on a walk around the Carran Polje.We will make a short stop at Rockforest our way back to Gort. Here Jenni Roche will talk about new evidence for the survival of a relict population of Scots pine here.

18.00: Arrive back at Lady Gregory Hotel, for dinner, drinkies, etc.

Sunday, 2 October

On Sunday morning, we leave the Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort at 9.00 and travelvia Poulnabrone to a number of sites on the coast between Fanore and Doolin.  No coach will be provided on Sunday so it is important that we arrange to share lifts in cars.  This will save fuel and avoid difficulties with staying in convoy and with parking.

09.30:  Poulnabrone.  In 2014 Anne Lynch published a splendid book on her excavations at Poulnabrone portal tomb. Unfortunately she will not be able to join us so Joanna Nolan will talk about it as will others who contributed to the book and to the geological and ecological research in the area. The site has a public car park but it is important that we arrive early as Poulnabrone it is a popular visitor attraction.

10.30: We leave and head to Fanore on the coast to look at two mesolithic sites that were excavated by Michael Lynch.

12.00: We arrive at Poulsallagh where Mick Simms will talk about the geology of the bay area, a site of international importance.  There is limited parking on the roadside in the area.

13.00: Lunch in Ballyvaughan or Kinvarra.

14.00 Close of Autumn meeting 2016.  Drivers please ensure that those who travelled with you in the morning have transport back to their cars or to a bus or train route.



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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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