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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.



                         The IQUA 2017 Symposium


It was great to see so many of you present at the IQUA 2017 Symposium on Drainage in Glacial Landscapes organised and superbly Chaired by Mike Simms.  Thank you once again to our speakers, to Mike (and Ben) for a great day.

 A date for the IQUA Spring Meeting has been booked.  The Meeting will take place in the Hunt Museum in Limerick ( on Saturday April 21st 2018.

 As you know the Spring Meeting invites presentations in particular from current postgraduate students, and is followed by the Annual General Meeting of the Association.  In addition in 2018 we plan to add NEW session (more anon.)For now can I have preliminary expressions of interest from our postgraduates who are hoping to present at the Spring Meeting?  We need these to help shape the format of the new session.

 Best wishes,

Dr  Catherine Dalton


           We are very proud to announce the winners of this year's Iqua Bill Watts and Research awards. After a healthy competition with some very good applications and our thorough review process, they are:

Bill Watts awards:
Martha Coleman, MU, for 2 dates,
Niamh Millward , UCD, for 2 dates,
Michelle Curran, NUIG, for 2 dates.

Research awards:
Ros Ó Maoldúin, for 2 dates,
Anthony Beese, for 1 date,
Rosie Bishop, UCD, for 2 dates.

Congratulations to all the winners. The samples will be dated by our sponsor, 14Chrono at Queen's University Belfast.
We hope to hear from the results of these dates and corresponding research at one of our upcoming spring meeting.
Good luck with the research and thanks again for your submissions.

                       2017 dating aard winners

                                     from L to R - Catherine Dalton (IQUA Chair),

                      Michelle Curran, Martha Coleman and Anthony Beese (award winners),

                                Ben Thebaudeau (Secretary) at the 2017 Symposium.
























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, 2017.

"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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