Adventure and Experience

As well as taking in the cultural and historic sites of the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark, there is much more to explore. Whether Surfing or Sandart, Seaweed or Cycling, some really interesting activities take place with trained Geopark ambassadors right here within the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark.

Surf the Copper Coast:

With a large variety of beaches and coves the Copper Coast Geopark is an ideal spot for the keen surfer. Bunmahon beach is also a great place to learn to surf, with gently sloping and breaking waves – particularly in summer.

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Surfing on Bunmahon Beach

Book lessons and rentals for all levels on Bunmahon Beach with Bunmahon Surf School

Cycle the Copper Coast

With long, quiet and winding roads roads, the Copper Coast Geopark is a great place for cycling. Whether at blazing speeds or slowing meandering, the Geopark has a wealth of information and sites to discover.

Heading down the Anne Valley towards Dunhill Castle

Take a cycle tour of the Copper Coast Global Geopark with Tramore Bike Tours.

Waterford Greenway’s “Golden Mile”

Or rent bikes and explore Waterford Greenway with The Greenway Man.

Book a Seaweed forage

Seaweed is a fascinating plant and culinary delicacy. The pristine waters and craggy shores of the Copper Coast make a perfect place to learn, and taste, the huge variety of seaweeds that can be found along Irish Shores.

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Book a sea weed workshop or forage with Marie Power of the Sea gardener.

Make Sand Art

Sand Art is a cool collaborative way to interact with nature. By making environmental art that disappears with the tide but is remembered forever with a photograph, a sand art workshop can be a really special way to experience the Copper Coast Geopark.

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Book a private or group workshop with the Art Hand, to learn how to do this unique and memorable skill.

 


European Geoparks Network Weeks – The Copper Coast Festival Events!

2019 Copper Coast Festival

 

Every year Geoparks organise a couple of weeks known as “European Geoparks Network Week” when they put on events to highlight the EGN and geodiversity in their area. In 2017 we thought we’d call it “The Copper Coast Festival” and try to involve as many of the Geopark villages/communities as possible.

The festival is now in its 3rd year and going from strength to strength. Below is the 2019 list of confirmed events.

May 22nd at 11am – Visitor Centre, Open Day – Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bonmahon – In association with the Bealtaine festival https://www.facebook.com/events/663909144034093/

May 23rd at 7.30pm – History talk, The search for medieval Stradbally – Woodhouse Estate, Stradbally.
https://www.facebook.com/events/507577709775653/

May 24th at 7pm – Copper Coast Geological Walk – Bonmahon Beach (West car park) – In association with the Bealtaine festival.
https://www.facebook.com/events/418960805595492/

May 24th at 8pm – Cabaret evening featuring “Sounds” – Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon – In association with the Bonmahon Tidy Town Committee.
https://www.facebook.com/events/299661290929628/

May 24th at 9pm – Benefit Night featuring Gerry Walsh & Dallas – Kill Community Centre, Kill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/646529499133752/

Sunday, May 26th at 11am – Geopark Visitor Centre Open Day – Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bonmahon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2905241139560375/

Sunday, May 26th at 11.30 a.m. Road Bowling at Fenor cross
Keeping this heritage sport alive and well for our future generations. New members always welcome.
https://www.facebook.com/events/645309789275176/?active_tab=about

Sunday, May 26th at 12noon – Paint Out with Copper Coast Art Group – Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bonmahon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2090108244619840/

May 28th at 9pm – Social Dancing – Kill Community Centre, Kill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/291754391700586/

May 30th at 10.30am – Tramore Yarners on the Copper Coast – Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bonmahon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/364843157564010/

May 30th at 7.30pm – History talk, “The 1641 Depositions” – Woodhouse Estate, Stradbally.
https://www.facebook.com/events/437330953721971/

June 1st at 10am – Bonmahon Inshore Lifeboat Open Day – Bonmahon Lifeboat station, Bonmahon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/438892343526015/

Sunday June 2nd, at 11.30 a.m. Road Bowling at Fenor cross
Keeping this heritage sport alive and well for our future generations. New members always welcome.
https://www.facebook.com/events/432936953936672/

June 4th at 9pm – Social Dancing – Kill Community Centre, Kill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/289192705363600/

June 6th at 7.30pm – History Talk, Woodhouse – “A Manor Reborn”, Woodhouse Estate, Stradbally.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1309357232546928/

June 8th & 9th – The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group Live at Tankardstown – Tankardstown engine house, Bonmahon.
https://www.facebook.com/events/575981262809880/

Sunday June 9th at 11.30 a.m. Road Bowling at Fenor cross
Keeping this heritage sport alive and well for our future generations. New members always welcome.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2229961107266433/

June 11th at 9.30pm – Social Dancing – Kill Community Centre, Kill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/800920246959082/

June 12th at 9.30pm – The Thatch BAR Sessions – Dunphys Bar, Kill.
https://www.facebook.com/events/2028913410751390/

June 13th at 7.30pm – History talk, “The Irish Diaspora, Past, Present and Future” – Woodhouse Estate, Stradbally.
https://www.facebook.com/events/605692726581812/

June 13th at 7.30pm – Who wants to be a Thousandaire? – Greenway Manor Hotel – In association with The Copper Coast Scouts.
https://www.facebook.com/events/835527350132437/

Date & Time TBC – Bonmahon Coast Guard Demonstration – Bunmahon, exact location to be confirmed.

Please note some details may be subject to change so please check our Facebook page www.facebook.com/coppercoastfestival for the most up-to-date information

 

 

 

 


May events in the Copper Coast Centre

This May 2nd Alzheimer’s Tea Day will celebrate 25 years of supporting the 55,000 people living with dementia in Ireland. Come along to the Visitor Centre for a Tea Morning any time between 9.30 am and 12.00 noon to show your support!
Knockmahon National School are celebrating 60 years of providing high quality education to the community. Their 60th Anniversary celebration & “Beauty of Bonmahon” book launch takes place on Friday, 3rd May from 7.30pm in the Visitor Centre. There will be Ceol agus Craic, Open Mic, light bites, and a raffle. All are welcome. Come and join the celebrations!
The 2019 Copper Coast Festival kicks off with a Bonmahon Tidy Towns fundraising night. Come along on the evening of Friday May 24th to a  “cabaret evening” featuring “Sounds”. More details available from the Tidy Towns committee or on Facebook.
The 2019 Copper Coast Festival will run from May 24th to June 9th. An excellent line up of events will be announced soon! 

Eight New UNESCO Global Geoparks!

We are delighted to welcome eight new  Geoparks into the Global Network.

The newly designated sites are:

Kütralkura, Chile  http://geachile.sernageomin.cl/en/geopark-kutralkura/geopark-kutralkura.html

The Kütralkura UNESCO Global Geopark, which in the language of the Mapuche people means stone (kura) and fire (kütral), or firestone, is characterized by some of the world’s most active volcanism. It is situated 700 km south of Santiago and reaches the border of Argentina to the east. It encompasses the municipalities of Curacautín, Vilcún, Lonquimay, and Melipeuco, settled by their indigenous inhabitants two millennia ago. Its iconic peaks are mostly active volcanoes such as Llaima, Lonquimay, Tolhuaca, and Nevados de Sollipulli, as well as an extinct volcano, the Sierra Nevada. The thick ice masses that once partially covered the territory, have been shrinking for the past 20,000 years.

 

Jiuhuashan, China  http://english.tzsgy.com/Home.html

The UNESCO Global Geopark of Jiuhuashan, which translates to “Nine Glorious Mountains”, is located in the Qingyang County of China’s Anhui province. Four of them are crowned by sacred Buddhist temples, some dating back to the fifth century CE, on their peaks. Beyond their religious, historical and cultural significance, these mountains also provide a major source of the fresh water that feeds the Yangtze River system. Jiuhuashan’s unique and favourable geological conditions have contributed to the flourishing of the region’s biodiversity and cultural traditions. In 2016, the natural landscape of this area and its religious sites attracted 9.9 million visitors, a major economic contribution to local communities.

 

Yimengshan, China   http://www.ymsdzgy.com/en/

The Yimengshan UNESCO Global Geopark is located on the eastern coast of China, near Jinan City, the capital of Shandong Province. The site is home to one of Asia’s largest kimberlite-type diamond mines, the first primary diamonds discovered in China. The landscape is dotted with Daigu, castle-shaped land formations, as well as multiple sites of cultural heritage, including the Zhou dynasty Wanshou Palace, the Xialou Pavillion where Confucius is believed to have once visited, the 1,500 year old Marshal tree, the Menglianggu Battle Monument, and several renowned temples.

 

Vis Archipelago, Croatia   https://geopark-vis.com/en/

The Vis Archipelago UNESCO Global Geopark is located off the coast of Croatia, formed by some of the oldest rock in the Adriatic Sea. The northeastern region of the archipelago features large sand deposits formed by fierce winds in the Ice Age, which also created several unique caves and land formations. Before the sudden rise of the sea level around 12,000 years ago, these islands were much larger and extended more than 20 miles. In this extended area, called the Mala Palagruža, archaeologists discovered flint quarries that served for the production of early tools, believed to have been made by the islands’ first inhabitants up to 8,000 years ago. Some of the most famous sites on this Archipelago are the Blue Cave (Modra špilja) and the Monk Seal Cave (Medvidina špilja).

 

Imbabura, Ecuador  http://www.vivecuador.com/html2/eng/imbabura_en.htm

The Imbabura UNESCO Global Geopark is located in the northern inter-Andean region, in the Republic of Ecuador. It is known for its great multitude of lakes and magnificent geological formations, such as the Peguche Waterfalls. The highest summit is of this Geopark, the 4,939 metre high Cotacachi Volcano, is located within the Cotacachi Cayapas Ecological Reserve. The provincial capital, Ibarra, also known as the “White City,” encompasses indigenous villages and colonial towns attracting thousands of visitors every year. This area is currently inhabited by different ethnic groups, among them the Caranqui, the Cayambis, the Otavalos, the Zuletas, the Natabuelas, the Montubio, the Afro and the Awa.

 

Trollfjell, Norway   http://www.trollfjellgeopark.no/index.php/en/

The Trollfjell UNESCO Global Geopark is an area with unique characteristics shaped by a long history of human habitation. While some of this area’s bedrock is poor in nutrients, resulting in barren stretches, others are fertile supporting lush vegetation and considerable biodiversity. Naturally occurring soapstone has been exploited locally since the Iron Age, to make utensils ranging from pots to fishing weights. Archaeologists have discovered soapstone quarries dating back to Viking period, which in the 12th and 13th supplied stones used to build churches. Passages in Trollfjell’s Solsem Cave feature prehistoric rock engravings of dancing stick figures, dating back thousands of years.

 

Colca y Volcanes de Andagua, Peru   http://www.geoparquecolcayvolcanesdeandagua.com/geoparque-colca-y-volcanes-de-andagua/

The Colca y Volcanes de Andagua UNESCO Global Geopark, in the Southern Peruvian Andes, boasts a vast array of volcanic landscapes, lakes, geological faults, pre-Hispanic ruins and colonial churches. Formed 400 million years ago, the landscape features the great Colca Canyon, one of the largest and deepest in the world. The landscape of the Geopark, one of the few areas in the world with a multitude of volcanic cones, has been carved by rivers of lava and melting glaciers. This majestic scenery is known as Valley of Volcanos Andagua, extending between the Colca Canyon-Ayo, Chachas-Andagua and Orcopampa.  Most of the inhabitants of these territories belong to pre-Hispanic cultures, heirs to rich customs, festivals and dances, many of which connect them to their unique, volcanic-tectonic territory with its hot springs and highly arable soils.

 

Courel Mountains, Spain

In the northwest region of Spain, the Courel Mountains UNESCO Global Geopark is home to a variety of Galician communities living in what remains of small medieval villages and monasteries. The territory’s deep valleys and canyons have been formed by erosion. The remarkable aspect of its mountains is impacted by mining, reflecting the relationship between humans and the mineral resources of the region’s Paleozoic rocks, which separate the peninsular interior from the Atlantic facade. Between the first and second century CE, the Roman Empire is believed to have operated dozens of gold mines in this region, extracting Paleozoic primary gold associated with the erosion product of gold-bearing quartz dykes and concentration of their deposits. Remnants of pre-historic fauna and flora, as well as Neolithic paintings, can also be found well-preserved within the deep caves of the mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 


Spring is Here! We are re-opening at Weekends…

Our visitor centre and the Copper Coast Café will re open at weekends from March 9th!

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We have started planning for the 2019 Copper Coast Geopark Festival – May 25th to June 9th! This is to coincide with European Geoparks Network Weeks when all over Europe Geoparks are coordinating events.
(subject to change)

The 2018 Festival was a great success with a wide range of interesting events happened across the Geopark area.

Anybody along the Geopark with an event planned around the same time would be also welcome to join in!!

Please contact Robbie at info@coppercoastgeopark.com or Orlaith at hamersleyart@gmail.com for more details or to list your event.

The Copper Coast Geopark stretches along the coast from Garrarus Beach, near Fenor in the east to Ballyvoile Beach near Stradbally to the west and inland to Kill and Dunhill.
That’s 10 beaches, all different, most very accessible; including Trá na mBó near Bonmahon which has just got a path and rail down the cliff


2018 – Some Memories

 

Have a very Happy Christmas and all the very best wishes for 2019!

These are just a few memories from a happy 2018 on the Copper Coast!

 Click here for memories!


Upcoming Events Before Christmas!!

A reminder that the Copper Coast Geopark isn’t just for summer – we have a lot to offer during the winter also!

Christmas Crochet Motif Workshop!

Come and learn how to crochet Christmas themed motif with Orlaith Hamersley at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre in Bunmahon.

Saturday November 24th 2 to 4pm cost €15 including materials.

https://www.facebook.com/events/146248049662772/?ti=as

Dúnaill Folk Group in Concert!   -CANCELLED.

This concert has been cancelled as a mark of respect to the Whelan family.
Our sincere sympathy to Pat’s family. May he rest in peace.

https://www.facebook.com/events/193230844929473/?ti=as

Copper Coast Geopark Christmas Fair!

The very popular Christmas Fair returns with a selection of local Food and Craft stalls offering high quality gifts and home baking. So join us in Bunmahon for a browse and shop, tea and a home made bun, a chat and a laugh to get Christmas going.

Saturday and Sunday December 1st and 2nd, 11am to 4.30pm.
Admission is free!

https://www.facebook.com/events/1094267927382760/?ti=as

Bunmahon Tidy Town Fundraiser!

Save the date, details to be announced soon!

Friday December 7th. (evening)

https://www.facebook.com/events/680673705666363/?ti=as

Christmas Paper Craft Workshop!

Escape the hustle and bustle for an afternoon and come to the tranquil Copper Coast Visitor Centre in Bunmahon to learn how to make Christmas themed paper starts and transform them into a variety of imaginative Christmas decorations with creative Orlaith Hamersley.

A choice of 2 one hour workshops.
Saturday December 15th 2.00 to 3pm and again at 3.30 to 4.30pm
cost €5 including materials.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2204100253200602/?ti=as

Richie Power In Concert!

We are delighted to welcome singer songwriter Richie Power back to the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre in Bunmahon for an intimate concert.

Sunday December 16th, tickets €10, doors open at 4.30pm.

https://www.facebook.com/events/1215118888626024/?ti=as


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 info@coppercoastgeopark.com


Copper Coast literary weekend November 1st to 7th 2018

Don’t miss November 1st to 7th 2018….

To take part in a celebration of Copper Coast creativity and culture. Have a look below to find out where, when and what it costs to take part in this unique weekend!

Six-word story challenge

Taking place at:  Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

Cost:  Free

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/276102983203595/

About Flash fiction postal challenge, write a Geopark inspired six-word story!   As part of the Copper Coast Geopark Literary weekend this November we challenge you to write a six-word story inspired by the          Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark or a Geopark near you!

 The six word story is a form of flash fiction attributed to Ernest Hemingway he came up with the story “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Entries by Friday October 26th on postcard only to… Six word story challenge 2018, Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon, Co Waterford, Ireland.

(Hand deliveries accepted) Postcards will be displayed in the visitor center during the 2018 Copper Coast Geopark Literary Weekend. Selected stories will be featured on our website and social media. Stories must be suitable for a family audience. For data protection please do not include personal information. The Copper Coast Geopark reserves the right to reproduce the story online and in print.

Tramore Yarners do Book Club

Where: Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

When: Thursday 1st                    10.30am

Cost:  Free

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/251861735536604/

About: The Tramore Yarners are putting down the needles and picking up a book! To celebrate the copper coast literary weekend, the Tramore Yarners are putting down the needles and picking up a book! A chosen book will be read before the event and discussed on the day. We are pleased to announce that the book we have chosen to review is…. “The Day For You, The Night For Me” by Nuala Sherry!” All are welcome to join in!

An evening of music and poetry

Where:Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

When:  Friday 2nd  8pm

Cost  €10

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/508568806280176/

Contact Tom Power, tompowerrhyme@yahoo.ie

About: Enjoy a relaxing evening of music, song and poetry in a beautiful setting. Music and song by Cúpla Búchla and Gabriel Murtagh. Poetry by the Wordsmiths, John Daly (published poet), Rose Butler, (published poet & producer), Tom Power, (author and published poet), a relaxing evening of music, song and poetry in a beautiful setting.

Copper Coast Codex

Where:Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre

When:  Saturday 3rd 11m

Cost  €15

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/280057552717795/

Contact Martin Fahy,southpaw.eire@gmail.com

About: Book arts workshop hosted by Martin Fahy of Southpaw book arts at the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Center in Bunmahon.Come and learn the simple art of book making in the beautiful surroundings of the Copper Coast . Learn how to create a variety of hand made books, using decorative papers inspired by the texture And colours of the area. 2 hour workshop limited to 8 participants €15 each materials & tools provided.Suitable for all abilities. Adults only (16+ ) Booking is essential, please contact Martin at southpaw.eire@gmail.com to book.

Drama Classes

Where: Barron Hall, Stradbally

 When: Saturday 3rd   2pm to 5pm  and Wednesday 7th   2.30 to 5.30pm

Cost: POA

About: Drama public speaking and theatre skills classes with The Stage Coach, also on Saturday FREE class for children with special needs 4-5pm, for bookings or inquiries please call 087 9609614.

Board Game Meet Up

Where: Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon.

When:  Sunday 3rh.   1.00pm.

Cost: Free

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2255425588018656/

About: Do you like playing board games and card games and having fun? Then come along to the Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre on November 3rd from 1pm! Everyone is welcome to join in and bring along their own games. This is a free event and suitable for all ages.

Copper Coast Book Fair.

Where  Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon.

When:     Sunday 4th.  1.00pm.

Cost:  Free

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1340164559418885/

About: As part of an ongoing initiative by the Copper Coast UNESCO Geopark to help promote all the  locality has to offer they are holding their 3rd Annual Book Fair for Book Lovers and Collectors. Attractions will include…. Copper Coast Cosplay Competition!  Six word story challenge!  Mrs Colfer’s famous tombola!  and more!! Self published authors… Geological books….. Specialist books…. Second hand books… Also at this years book fair will be a chance to learn about the ERDF co-funded Atlantic Geotourism route project of which the Copper Coast Geopark is a part by visiting an information stand about all of the other destinations on the trail and their unique contributions to this awe-inspiring route! Tea, coffee, light lunch and wine will be served in our Cafè. The Copper Coast Geopark are very glad to receive donations of books which are sold on their own bookstall on the day. The money raised is then used by the Geopark in its on-going work. The Copper Coast Geopark is a community based registered charity. The Copper Coast Geopark is a UNESCO Geopark, a designation based around sustainable development of communities around areas of significant geological interest and importance.

Cosplay Competition.

Where:   Copper Coast Geopark Visitor Centre, Bunmahon.

When:       Sunday 4th.                  1.00pm.

How much:   Free

Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/246919659270404/

Dress as your favourite literary character or a book inspired original creation! To celebrate the Copper Coast’s creativity, we are having a costume competition on Sunday November 4th as part of the Copper Coast Geopark book fair in the Copper Coast Visitor Centre! Come as your favourite literary character or a book inspired original creation! So if you love “Where’s Wally” “The hobbit” or even “Wuthering heights” show us! Anonymous judges will be mingling with the crowd at the Copper Coast Geopark Book Fair. Don’t be shy an make sure you are seen! The best costume in 4 categories will be announced at 4.30. Prizes sponsored by the Copper Coast Geopark.

Knockmahon NS poetry project      Knockmahon School

Details TBA

About: The students and parents at Knockmahon explore their favorite poems.

 

More events to be confirmed, If you or your organisation would like to get involved please email Orlaith at hamersleyart@gmail.com www.coppercoastgeopark.com, Tel:- 051 292828


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.

Contact Information

Copper Coast Geopark Ltd.
Knockmahon,
Bunmahon,
Co. Waterford,
X42 T923
Ireland

Phone: +353(0)51292828

Email: info@coppercoastgeopark.com

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