Outline Geosite Description
Low cliffs beside the sandy beach on the western side of Stradbally Cove.
Geological System/Age and Primary Rock Type
Ordovician sedimentary rocks such as slates and mudstones are intruded by thin units of volcanic rocks like andesite.
Main Geological or Geomorphological Interest
There are indications the sediments were still wet or only partially consolidated when the lavas were injected into them and so there is disturbance of the sediments. Some later minor faults are seen by their associated veins of white quartz. Other sedimentary features provide evidence of earthquakes and quiet periods in between.
There is also a lime kiln here for use with coal and limestone brought in by boat.
The site is part of the complex of sites along the Copper Coast, which collectively are of national importance and which are already part of a proposed NHA (Ballyvoyle Head to Tramore No 1693).
Access and Safety
The beach access allows easy and safe access to the rocks. The Copper Coast Geopark has emplaced some picnic seats and a table made of stone, and explanatory signboards.