Annual Field Trip

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

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.


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 Imperial 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 Imperial Hotel, 065 707 4042, to reserve rooms.

**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 at a number of field stops, and his students and former students Philip Schuler, Lea Duran, Luka Vicinic and Patrick Morrissey will take us through some of their recent research projects via more stops around the general Burren area.

We will have lunch in Clare again on the Sunday, and please note that it is likely that the field element will not finish until 3.30 pm and it is unlikely that we will be back at GSI, Beggars Bush, until 6.30 pm on Sunday 20th.


There will be a bus leaving from Dublin on the morning of 19th (NOTE … at 7.00 am SHARP from GSI, Beggars Bush) taking us around the sites.

Please note that due to limited space for cars at many of the stops over the weekend, we would ask those travelling from other parts of the country to join us at meeting points at Kilfenora on the Saturday morning, to travel around the stops by bus.

We will have a similar rendezvous point for such enthusiasts on the Sunday, which will be confirmed over the next few weeks.  Other, further details will also follow over the next few weeks too.


  • 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.


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: