ANNUAL IAH (IRISH GROUP) FIELD TRIP – 19th and 20th October 2019

IAH Field Trip

This year the Annual IAH (Irish group) field trip will head to the ‘home’ of Irish karst … County Clare.  As an overall tenet for the field trip we will be exploring the many and varied aspects of the karst hydrogeology of the area.  Both days focus on the Burren and surrounding lowlands, with many and varied sites planned for visits.

In light of the recent TDM at Beggars Bush, given by John Sherry on invasive species, we will be, for the first time on an IAH Field Trip, introducing a component of biosecurity before we leave Dublin.  This involves spraying boots before we get on the bus so, yes, if all were to aim to make Beggars Bush by 06.45-06.50 that would prove most useful.

As a start, please ensure that your boots are clean before you arrive for the journey.  On the trip, we will have in mind biosecurity throughout the weekend, and will discuss how much of this preparation can be completed the night before a field visit.  Further information can be had for anyone interested in doing this, potentially to get ten minutes more in bed Saturday morning, at


We leave Beggars Bush, Dublin at 7.00 am SHARP on Saturday 19th.  If late, you will not make the bus.  We need to be in Doolin by 10.00 am.

We also have a stop at Kilfenora, to pick up those travelling from the west, at 09.40.  Here we will meet at the main car park on the north (right hand if travelling west) side of the main street in the centre of Kilfenora village, just before you reach the Burren Centre.  We will be pushing off quickly, in order to arrive at Doolin as close to 10.00 am as possible.  Please do not be late there either.

The bus will take us around all the sites on the Saturday, from Kilfenora, and will also take people back that evening to Kilfenora after the last stop in Lisdoonvarna, so that they can pick up their cars.

We will start with a field walk in the locality just north of Doolin, leaving the village that morning and returning to it just before lunch via a 6-7 kilometre circulate route, with David Drew and Colin Bunce providing an overview of the controls on the hydrogeology of the area, and by extension other karst aquifers in Ireland. The area includes the two main Formations comprising the Burren limestones, and gives a useful 3-D picture of the aquifer. The stops include a wayboard and associated spring, an inception horizon with proto- and developed karst conduits, and a section of a major chert horizon in the bedding. The joint and vein systems are also apparent at several localities.

This will bring us to lunch, which we will have in McDermotts Bar in Doolin.

After lunch we travel to some other joint localities with John Paul Moore, and Bruce Misstear will give us an overview of some of the holy wells in the Burren region.  We plan to finish by visiting a number of the Lisdoonvarna Spa Wells with Bruce that evening.

We will be basing ourselves in the Hydro Hotel in Lisdoonvarna ( where we have been offered an IAH fieldtrip room rate of €49.00 per person sharing for for twin and double rooms, and €55.00 for a single room, including B & B.   We will be also be having a group meal that night of Saturday 19th in the Imperial, costing €25 per person for a four course meal. Contact the front desk at the Hydro Hotel,  065 707 4005, to reserve rooms.

We have a group meal in the Hydro Hotel on the Saturday evening, at 8.00 pm.  Participants are responsible for paying for their own meals on the night.

**Please note you are responsible for booking of your own accommodation. Book early to avoid disappointment.  The hotel is holding rooms for us until the 30th September only**.

Other accommodation (including bed and breakfasts and hostels) is available nearby.


Sunday morning Laurence Gill from TCD will outline his recently completed-modelling of a karst system in a short talk in the hotel function room at 08.45, before we leave at 09.15 for a number of stops at and around Bell Harbour.  Here, Laurence and Philip Schuler, Lea Duran and Luka Vucinic will take us through some of their recent research projects.

We then move to O’Grady’s Pub in Gort where we will have lunch at 12.30, and we will then visit some prime flooding spots near Gort with Patrick Morrissey at 1.30. We leave Gort at 15.45, and should be back in Dublin at Beggars Bush at 18.00.


There will be a bus leaving from Dublin on the morning of 19th at 7.00 am SHARP from GSI, Beggars Bush. This will take us to Clare, and also around the sites.


  • The estimated charge to attendees will be ~ €65 for those taking the bus from Dublin and availing of lunch on the Saturday and Sunday.
  • The charge for those joining us in Clare and availing of lunch on the Saturday and Sunday will be ~ €25. As well as the €65 / €25 charge for the bus, lunch and field guide, participants must pay their own accommodation and dinner costs themselves.
  • For unwaged members, there will be no charge for bus or lunch on Saturday or Sunday. Please contact the fieldtrip secretary via return email for more information.


Places are now limited, and if you are considering attending this year’s fieldtrip can you please notify the fieldtrip secretary as soon as possible.

Fieldtrip Secretary: Robbie Meehan ( Indicating if you

(1)     Are attending?

(2)     Wish to travel on bus from Dublin or join us in Clare?

(3)     Wish to stay in the group hotel?

(4)     Wish to attend the group evening meal?

We look forward to fun and learning on 19th and 20th October.


Kind regards,

Robbie Meehan

Field Trip Secretary

International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group)


Fieldtrip guides from previous fieldtrips are available here: