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The 2016 IQUA Annual Field Meeting

The Burren

This years field meeting will take place in the Burren, Co. Clare, over the weekend of 31st September to 2nd October.

We will be based in the Lady Gregory Hotel, Gort, Co. Galway. The hotel is holding 15 rooms till the end of June at a discounted rate for IQUA members of 85 euros per night for a double room / 75 euros single, inluding breakfasts. Anyone wishing to book should ring the hotel as soon as possible and quote "the Irish Quaternary Association" or "IQUA" to avail of the discount (they may still oblige).

As we are planning to hire a coach to reduce the problem of a large convoy of cars on the narrow roads of the Burren we need to know numbers. So please let us know as soon as you can if you intend to participate so that we know what size of coach will be needed.

The itinerary is as follows:-

Friday evening - We will meet at the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort for registration and two presentations. Pete Coxon will talk about the type site for the Gortian inter-glacial, and Maria Long will show us some of the botany that we would have seen earlier in the year. She will be talking more during the visits tomorrow.

Saturday morning - We will board the coach and travel to Turlough Hill. Here we will look at the archaeology with Ros O'Maolduin, the botany with Maria Long and Richard Moles will talk about Burren soils (or lack of them!).

Lunch will be at Cassidy's of Carran. They have agreed to open for us (it's out of season) and do soup and sandwiches for €10 a head.

The Carran poljeAfter lunch David Drew and Colin Bunce will lead us around the Carran Polje. Then to the NUIG Research Station where Michael Lynch will show some of the finds from his sites at Fanore and Fisher Street which we will be visiting the next day. We may also make short stops along the way to look at places of interest, for instance Kilnaboy church and the mushroom stones. Any suggestions on suitable stops will be gratefully received.

Then back to Gort for dinner, etc.

On Sunday morning the coach will take us to several sites on the coast between Fanore and Doolin. Mike Simms and Michael Lynch, will lead us there. On the way we plan to take a look at Poulnabrone.  Anne Lynch has recently published a splendid book on her excavations there and we are hoping that she will be able to come and talk about it. We need to be there fairly early before the Grockles arrive. We, of course, are not to be counted amongst their number!

Finally, there will be a lunch stop, possibly in Kilfenora, before we disperse for home.





INQUA 2019 Dublin

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.


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The viewer displays a National Quaternary geological map at 1 to 50,000 scalincluding quaternary sediments, maingeomorphological features anderratic carraiges. the data presented in the viewer can be downloaded inshapefile format. The data download is accompanied by an explanatoryreport describing all the data sets and methods for data collection andcompilation. The data sets areupdated on a yearly basis using data collectedduring the previous field campaign.

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