Matthew Parkes RIP

We were very sad to hear our dear friend Matthew Parkes died recently. It was far too soon.

Matthew was a good friend to the Copper Coast Geopark, especially when we needed his expertise in setting up our Visitor Centre and exhibition. With his knowledge and experience, he showed a great talent for translating geology and heritage into a language that we could all understand. And he brought it too with enormous patience and generosity and gentle good humour. Matthew was for some years a Director of Copper Coast Geopark Clg.

Born in England, a passion for geology brought him to NUI Galway, working towards his Phd. Apart from a year or so in Wales, Matthew made Ireland his home, lecturing in Trinity, then working in various capacities in the Geological Survey of Ireland and then joining and becoming an integral part of the workings of the National Museum of Ireland.

During his time in G.S.I. he played a pivotal role in developing their geological heritage process; this included the production of many publications on the Geological heritage of Irish counties, not least of which was “Corries, Caves and Coast”.  His bibliography suggests that he was known and will be missed the length and breadth of Ireland.

May he rest in peace.

Copper Coast Geopark Spooking!

Covid rules are going to get in the way of traditional trick or treating this year. So we’ll have to do Halloween a bit differently this October 31st.
Let’s come together as a community and have a drive by spooking!
Do you live in one of the 7 Copper Coast Geopark villages? Why not decorate your garden, window, gate, business, school or even farm with creepy creative creations!
Give your display a mining or geological theme if you dare!
Families can then take a tour at dusk (about 5pm) to admire the results from the safety of their own car.
Share your pictures for those who can’t travel using the  hash tag  #coppercoastspooking
Do drive carefully, make sure displays aren’t a hazard and don’t forget about social distancing.
Witch Copper Coast village will be the  spookiest?
Fenor Annestown Boatstrand  Bunmahon Stradbally Kill or Dunhill???

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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