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IQUA has an exciting new website under construction. Bright, modern and informative.

  There will also be a brand new IQUA logo too but don't worry, we haven't lost our

                       Megalocerus, just given him a make-over.


IQUA's 2017 Annual Symposium will take place on Friday November 24th (10.00am to 5.00pm) in the Geological Society of Ireland's Lecture Theatre, Beggar's Bush, Dublin 4.

This year's symposium theme is entitled, "Drainage in glacial landscapes and will feature a range of speakers from Ireland, the UK and even further afield describing various features of the Irish and Scottish landscapes linked with the drainage of the British and Irish Ice Sheet.


Speakers list and topic:
Prof. John Lowe (Royal Holloway University of London, UK): the wider context of Glen Roy with new information from Rannoch Moor and Loch Lomond
Dr. Steve McCarron (Maynooth University): Dungiven basins
Dr. Robbie Meehan (Talamh Ireland): the Groundwater 3-D project and karst dye tracing in the Rathcroghan Uplands, co. Roscommon 
Dr. Jasper Knights (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa): Irish eskers
Dr. Anthony Beese (Carraigex GeoServices): A late-glacial boulder-pavement at Ballycahill townland, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary
Dr. Michael Philcox (Trinity College Dublin): An overview of Lake Blessington
Prof. Pete Coxon (TCD)/ Prof. Robert Devoy (UCC): Lee valley drainage history
Dr. Michael Simms (National Museum of Northern Ireland): A tale of two rivers; the Shannon and the Munster Blackwater

Registration is from 9.30 – 10.00am (pre-registration is not required). Attendance fee (€20/€10 for current members/student members; €30/€15 for non-members/student non-members).
This year’s symposium will include a poster session. Any members who wish to display a poster please contact Michael Simms ( for more information.

                    Looking forward to seeing you there!




2017 IQUA Field meeting, South – West Donegal, 15th – 17th of September.

 Post glacial slope failure-Glen columkill

Post glacial slope failure on north side of Glencolmcill.


Below are details of our exciting IQUA field trip to South-west Donegal over the weekend of the 15th – 17th of September .

"017 Field Trip attendees.  

IQUA members at Cloghanmore Portal Tomb

This year we enjoyed a beautiful few days in Southwest Donegal.  Yet another very well attended IQUA fieldtrip with 35 attendees making the trek northwest.

A packed agenda meant that a few sites had to be dropped but we still managed to see the Derryness submerged forest, Inishkeel, Cloghanmore Court Tomb, a Station and Souterraine at Turas Colmcille, and the spectacular Sheskinmore Nature Reserve.

The IQUA committee wish to thank all the speakers.

Thanks in particular to Malcolm and Ellen for organising such a memorable weekend.
***Please note that there will be a delay in releasing the finalised Southwest Donegal Fieldguide while we add in few additional papers***



                               Brian Lacey at Cloghanmore Court Tomb.




INQUA 2019 Dublin

IQUA is pleased to announce that our bid to host the INQUA 2019 Congress in Dublin has been successful. Check out our dedicated INQUA 2019 page outlining aspects of our bid, which we'll update frequently. We thank everyone for their support during the bidding process.


Please also feel free to stop by our INQUA 2019 Facebook page for news and updates and other information on the Irish Quaternary, as well as our INQUA 2019 Twitter page. Alternatively, here's our INQUA 2019 bid flier, or just click on the image above.


Update: INQUA 2019 Field Excursions, 2nd Phase Call. Thank you in advance to all those considering organising an excursion associated with the INQUA 2019 Congress. We are pleased to announce the "Phase 2" Call to take forward the planning for Congress-related excursions, which will be a vital part of the Congress. For those interested, please download this form, complete it as fully as possible, and email to the Chair of the INQUA2019 LOCFC, Dr. Bettina Stefanini, at, on or before 4th November 2016.



The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) Quaternary Geology Viewer

is now available online at :-


The viewer displays a National Quaternary geological map at 1 to 50,000 scalincluding quaternary sediments, maingeomorphological features anderratic carraiges. the data presented in the viewer can be downloaded inshapefile format. The data download is accompanied by an explanatoryreport describing all the data sets and methods for data collection andcompilation. The data sets are updated on a yearly basis using data collectedduring the previous field campaign.

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