2021 Copper Coast Festival

Andy and Billy Kiely at the Copper Coast Geopark Community Herb Garden in Bunmahon.

The 2021 Copper Coast Festival was small but perfectly formed. Like many things, there was a change in direction with a more down to earth reduced schedule. The theme for the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark Festival was ‘Growing and the Ground Beneath our Feet.
On the June Bank Holiday weekend we explored the link between geology and the soil, and with a nod to the UN2030 agenda, how we can help to get the Copper Coast growing.
Events included the virtual launch of ‘Copper Coast Connects Issue Number One’ read it here www.coppercoastgeopark.com/copper-coast-connects-issue-number-one

Also SEARG broadcasted live from Tankardstown enginehouse,

South Eastern Amateur Radio Group pictured at Tankardstown engine house near Bunmahon, part of the 2021 Copper Coast Festival.

There was the ‘Copper Coast Geopark Seed Plant and Produce Swap and Share’ table, Copper Coast Community Herb Garden official opening

A birds eye view of the Copper Coast Geopark Seed Plant and Produce Swap and Share table at the Geological garden in Bunmahon, part of the 2021 Copper Coast Festival

Bonmahon Lifeboat Open Day and Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre Open Day,

Members of the Bonmahon Lifeboat team at their open day during the recent Copper Coast Festival.

There was Road Bowling in Fenor

Members Fenor Road bowling club at Ballyscanlon, part of the 2021 Copper Coast Festival.
The Kiely family from Bunmahon pictured at the official opening of the Copper Coast Geopark Community Herb Garden, 2021 Copper Coast Festival.

We had an art exhibition by Mella O’Callahan and we took part in the ‘Pride of the Déise’ virtual parade!
The highlight of the weekend was when two local gentlemen Billy and Andy Kiely officially opened the new community herb garden in Bunmahon. The brothers were pioneers in organic gardening using local seaweed to enrich the soil and growing beautiful vegetables.
Younger visitors especially enjoyed the photo treasure hunt during the visitor centre open day.
A big Copper Coast Festival thank you to…. Billy, Fergal, Thomas, Katherine, Hazel, Ally, Breda, Orlaith, Andrew, Helen, Serenella, Mella, Shirley, Robbie, John, John, Tommy (aka the Boardwalk Bagpiper), Sheamie, Andy, Billy, SEARG, Bonmahon Lifeboat, Fenor Road Bowling Club and the many more who supported us arranging the 2021 Festival…..

Guidance for contributors

The Journal invites contributions on any dimension of the history and heritage of the Copper Coast as noted previously.  These could be very brief articles or extend up to several thousand words or more. Illustrated articles will be particularly welcome, but in all instances we will require that the sources of information cited in articles be provided.

More detailed guidelines for intending authors are being formulated at present and will be uploaded to this tab page as soon as possible.  In the meantime, anybody interested in contributing papers to the Journal are invited to contact the Journal Editor at:


Genealogical connections are almost certain to be of particular personal, regional and international interest and a research framework which potential contributors might like to consider in particular.  CCG is presently formulating a Census research project which it hopes to launch shortly.  Details will be presented as soon as they are available under a project specific drop down tab.

Copper Coast Connects: the e-Journal

Welcome to “Copper Coast Connects” (ISSN 2737-7547), the new digital Journal of The Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark.

This e-Journal aims to provide a platform to highlight and promote the region’s social, cultural, industrial and natural history and heritage connections locally, nationally and internationally.  Journal papers are free to download, print and/or copy onward – all that we ask in return is that the journal, its authors and articles are properly acknowledged if used as a source of information.

Several papers are being prepared for publication over the next few months, of which the first has just been published:  Building bridges: connecting the Copper Country, USA with the Copper Coast, Ireland. This paper highlights the personal and international connections between two historic mining districts, the Copper Coast, Ireland and the Copper Country, Michigan, USA.

Others presently in the pipeline have a more local Copper Coast focus, for example one which reviews the history of Medieval Churches in the region and another on 19th Century ship building along the Copper Coast.

Copper Coast Connects Issue Number One – Building bridges: connecting the Copper Country, USA with the Copper Coast, Ireland.

Click on the image below to read Copper Coast Connects

The first edition of Copper Coast Connects is now available to download and read either by clicking on the image above or downloading it directly from this link

In the town of Eagle Harbor, Michigan, one grave stone reads:

Dennis Gallivan
July 25 1875
AE. 80 years.
Native of the
Parish of Kill
Co. Waterford

Who was Denis Gallivan and how did he end up thousands of miles from home.

In this edition our team trace one ex-miners journey from Bunmahon to Michigan – casting light on a new connection between the Copper Country, USA and the Copper Coast, Ireland.

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

Email: info@coppercoastgeopark.com

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