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.
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.
Famenne-Ardenne UNESCO Global Geopark
Percé UNESCO Global Geopark
Guangwushan-Nuoshuihe UNESCO Global Geopark
Huanggang Dabieshan UNESCO Global Geopark
Beaujolais UNESCO Global Geopark
Ciletuh – Palabuhanratu UNESCO Global Geopark
Rinjani-Lombok UNESCO Global Geopark
Izu Peninsula UNESCO Global Geopark
Republic of Korea
Mudeungsan Area UNESCO Global Geopark
Conca de Tremp-Montsec UNESCO Global Geopark
Ngorongoro Lengai UNESCO Global Geopark
Satun UNESCO Global Geopark
Cao Bang UNESCO Global Geopark
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.
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
The Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre Cafe is open at weekends during April. Do call in and say hello. Parts of the exhibition are available for free and the rest should be operating by May.
Opening hours 11 am-5 pm.
The Knockmahon NS second annual Open Mic Night will take place at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon on Friday March 23rd.
Doors open at 7.30pm, music from 8pm. Tickets €10 (including cake and sandwiches) available from the school or on the night.
Music by Seamie O’Brien, Gusty Carey, Three Sound Folk and guests. All performers are welcome.
Tea/Coffee/Wine will be available in the Café.
There will be a raffle with lots of great prizes and a Waterford jersey signed by the 2016 under 21 All Ireland Hurling winning team will be up for auction!
Copper Coast Geopark Skills Taster Day