Visit by the Director of the United States Geological Survey

We were honoured to welcome Dr. James Reilly, Director of the U.S. Geological Survey and former astronaut, to the Geopark  last week.

He gave a very interesting informal talk about his visits to space, his career path and his current work with U.S. Geological Survey to members of the Copper Coast Scout Group, Bonmahon Coastguard, Bonmahon Lifeboat and the Geopark team.

Members of the Bonmahon Lifeboat team with James Reilly,  Director of the U.S. Geological Survey,                                  and former astronaut at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre.
Members of the Copper Coast Scout Group presenting James Reilly with a club badge at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre. James Reilly currently Director of the U.S. Geological Survey, former astronaut and scout

Members of the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark team then took Dr Reilly on a whistle-stop tour of the Geopark. It was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for visiting Tankardstown engine house, the Geological Garden and Trá na Mbó beach.

                           Robbie Galvin, Jim Reilly, Richard Unitt and Mike Sweeney


Groups & Tour Guides

Thinking of booking a group in for a tour of The Copper Coast Geopark?

What a great idea! We can put in place a qualified Geopark Local Tour Guide to bring your group around the site and arrange for a fascinating tour highlighting local knowledge on the geology, archaeology and biodiversity of the site.

We run group and individual tours for all ages and fitness levels which can include topics from geology and biodiversity to history and culture.

We can arrange half or full day tours of the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark area to take in the Copper Coast Visitor Centre and other sites such as Tankardstown, Fenor Bog and the hidden cove of Tra Na Mbo. What a way to spend your day learning about facinitaing sites with the local knowledge of one of our Geopark Guides.

Book a Tour Guide

To book a group tour or tour guide today call 051292828 or email

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.

Please respect our Geology and Nature; leave them with us, take just memories away.

Contact Information

Copper Coast Geopark Ltd.
Co. Waterford,
X42 T923

Phone: +353(0)51292828


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