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.