Annual Field Trip

2018 – Lough Funshinagh

2018 – Oweynagat Cave

2018 – GSI’s Roscommon Core Store









The IAH annual field trip is a great opportunity for those with an interest in groundwater to examine, discuss and understand different aspects of Irish hydrogeology.  Over the years the fieldtrip has been held all across the island of Ireland and beyond, visiting karst caves, quarries, agricultural catchments, geothermal installation, springs, integrated constructed wetlands etc.

The field trip is open to IAH members and non-members, and both professionals and non-professional groundwater enthusiasts.

The IAH annual fieldtrip is usually held in October and departs by bus from the Geological Survey Ireland. A social evening, including dinner and overnight accommodation is arranged for the Saturday night to give people a chance to unwind and dry out their socks and wellies before the Sunday’s activities.

Fieldtrip guides from previous fieldtrips are available here:

  • 2018: Hydrogeology of mid Roscommon
  • 2017: Holistic Hydrogeology of the south Irish Midlands
  • 2016: Combined Karstic and Sand/Gravel Systems – Deel & Moy Catchments
  • 2015: Catchments & Karst in the Southeast
  • 2014: Cork & Waterford
  • 2013: Pathways & Poorly Productive Aquifers
  • 2012: Groundwater issues in Tipperary, Limerick and Clare
  • 2011: Managing Karst
  • 2010: ‘If you want to go east don’t go west’ 


13th AND 14th October 2018

Dear IAH Field Trip Participants,

The IAH Annual Field Trip is almost upon us.  As with last year, there is a storm brewing !  The weather forecast at the moment does not look promising for Saturday in terms of staying dry, but most of the wind associated with the forecasted low pressure system looks as if it will pass through on Friday.  I will keep you posted through the week but, at the moment and as with last year during storm Brian, the trip is still going ahead.

Overall Sunday is looking much more promising, sun, blue sky, little rain.

(Hopefully, the sun will shine from Friday to Sunday evening, and we wont even need jackets).

As always however, please come prepared with rain gear, warm clothes and suitable footwear. We will be walking fields on Saturday morning and potentially crossing (as well as entering) some muddy / mucky ground Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, so please bring strong boots and hi-vis for these stops.  Hard hard will be required, for the cave on Saturday afternoon, and torches would be useful at this stop, too.

For those travelling by bus from Dublin, it will be leaving the GSI, Beggar’s Bush at 8:00 am on Saturday morning. Please arrive in plenty of time so everyone is on the bus and ready to go on time.

For those joining us at Roscommon on Saturday and Sunday our meeting locations are as follows:

•       Saturday  09:45 am – Car park at Hannons Hotel, Roscommon (where most are staying that night also)

•       Sunday    08:45 am – Car park at Hannons Hotel, Roscommon

Due to limited parking space at some of our stops over the weekend, we will be transferring as many people as possible to the bus to travel around the sites. We will be returning to these meeting locations at the end of each day’s stops to collect cars. We should be able to fit everyone on the bus.

For those travelling by bus from Dublin for the weekend the cost for the trip will be €60 to cover the bus, lunches and field guide. Please have this with you for payment to me on Saturday morning. For those meeting us in Roscommon, the cost will be €20 to cover the bus, lunches and field guide. Please have this with you for payment to me at Roscommon. For unwaged members, there will be no charge for bus, lunch or field guide.

Please do bring a snacks with you for Saturday morning – we have no tea / coffee stop and when leaving at 08.00, 13.30 (lunchtime) is many belly-rumbles away.  We will be lunching in the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre in Tulsk on both Saturday and Sunday (each day, approx. 13.30 and 12.30 respectively).

Everyone is responsible for booking their own accommodation in Roscommon.  There will be a group meal in Hannons Hotel in Roscommon at 8:00 pm on Saturday night.

The plan is to leave the Rathcroghan Visitor Centre after lunch on Sunday, but we are travelling back via Lough Fuinshinagh as the hydrogeological wonderments do not stop after the soup has been downed. We expect to be back in Dublin about 5.15 pm at the latest Sunday evening (all going to plan).

Details itinerary is as follows (contributors names in brackets).

Saturday October 13th

08.00 SHARP  Leave Beggars Bush for Roscommon Town, County Roscommon

09.45  Roscommon … meet some members travelling from the Midlands, and pick them up at Hannons Hotel.

10.00 Leave Roscommon for Ballinderry, Four Mile House.

10.15  Ballinderry Reservoir Site Visit (Noel Farrell, Joe Gallagher, Coran Kelly)

11.00  Leave Ballinderry for Ogulla

11.15  Ogulla Site Visit (Noel Farrell, Joe Gallagher, Coran Kelly, GW-3D team from GSI)

12.00  Leave Ogulla for Ballintober

12.15  Ballintober Site Visit (Coran Kelly, GW-3D team from GSI)

13.15  Leave Ballintober for Tulsk

13.30  Have lunch in Tulsk

14.30  Leave Tulsk for Oweynagat (David Drew)

14.45  Disembark bus for 1 hour stop

15.45  Short bus journey to GSI ‘Outlier’ Core Store.

16.00  The Castlemine Borehole Core (Markus Pracht)

17.00  End of Day 1.

Saturday October 14th

08.50  Leave Hannons Hotel for Correal Turlough

09.00  Correal Turlough (Ted McCormack and GW Flood team from GSI)

10.00  Short drive to Castlestrange (Gerry Baker).

10.45  Short drive from Castlestrange to Castleplunkett (Ted McCormack, Shane Carey and GW Flood team from GSI).

12.30  Tulsk, stop for lunch

13.30 Tulsk to Lough Fuinshinagh

14.10  Lough Fuinshinagh Stop (Ted McCormack and GW Flood team from GSI)

15.15  Leave Lough Fuinshinagh for Beggars Bush, Dublin.

17.15  Arrive at Beggars Bush

I will forward a guide for the weekend to you over the next day or two, so please keep an eye on your incoming emails. You are responsible for printing off your own guide and bringing it with you on the day.

I can be contacted on Please let me know of any last minute changes.

Kind regards,

Robbie Meehan
Field Trip Secretary
International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Group)