Following last year’s success, the Copper Coast Geopark is proud to be hosting its second Copper Coast Festival which will take place between Friday, the 25th of May and Wednesday, the 30th of May.
Our Festival is part of the European Geoparks Network Week during which geoparks all over Europe put on fascinating events to highlight the EGN and biodiversity in their area.
We involve as many of the Geopark villages and communities as possible and have prepared an exciting programme brimming with fun activities and events. Road bowling in Fenor during the 2017 Copper Coast Geopark Festival. See www.facebook.com/coppercoastfestival for more details.
There are 13 new UNESCO Global Geoparks
The Executive Board of UNESCO has endorsed the new 13 nominations for UNESCO Global Geoparks that the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council recommended last September. The final, legal endorsement was made on Tuesday 17th April at the plenary session of the Board. This means that there are now 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 38 countries.
On Saturday April 14th Seal Rescue Ireland facilitated a seal rescue course in the Bonmahon Lifeboat boathouse. A large crowd gathered on Bonmahon beach after the training to see 3 seals, “Gilgamesh”, “Tristan” and “Toothless” released back into the sea; the seals had been rescued from the Waterford area. A big congratulations to all involved!
Thank you to Louise Minehan for the photo.
The French Ambassador visited Knockmahon National School
Knockmahon National School in Bunmahon received a 5-Year Achievement Award from the Blue Star Programme run by the National Implementation Body, European Movement Ireland, this week. Seven primary schools were up for the award this year. Representatives from the Copper Coast Geopark were proud to be invited to the ceremony where the French ambassador to Ireland, Stéphane Cruz, presented the award to the students. Congratulations to the pupils and the staff.The Copper Coast Geopark delegation having tea in Knockmahon School with the French ambassador to Ireland Stéphane Crouzat and Marc Dms attaché for science and technology at French embassy. Orlaith Hamersley, Breda Colfer, Stéphane Crouzat, Marc Dms, Robbie Galvin, and John Galloway. Photo by Billy Crowley
About Copper Coast Geopark
The Copper Coast Geopark is in Co. Waterford, Ireland and is an outdoor museum of geological records; it stretches along the coast from Kilfarassy Beach, near Fenor in the east to Ballyvoile Beach near Stradbally to the west.
Volcanoes, oceans, deserts and ice sheets all combined to create the rocks which provide the physical foundation of the natural and cultural landscapes of the area. Follow the self-guided "Copper Coast" trail and walking cards available
from the The Copper Coast Geopark Centre in Bunmahon.