Inaugural Eileen Reilly Postgraduate Research Award recipient

Despite our current isolation and the slow stream of IQUA related news, I am delighted to officially announce the winner of this year’s Eileen Reilly Postgraduate Research award.

Congratulations to Adrienne Foreman from NUI Galway who is currently undergoing her first year of PhD with Dr Gordon Bromley in Palaeoclimatology.

This award will allow her to expand on her research outputs and we can’t wait to hear about the results in an upcoming newsletter or spring meeting.

Best wishes to her and to you all in these troubling circumstances.

Catch up as soon as we can safely do so.

Cancellation of IQUA spring meeting and AGM 2020

Due to the ongoing sanitary crisis linked with the Covid-19 virus outbreak, the decision has been made to cancel our spring meeting and AGM due to take place on the 28th of March 2020 at Queen’s University Belfast.

Thank you for your consideration. Stay safe and we’ll let you know as soon as we organise a new event on the other side of this outbreak.

IQUA spring meeting 2020 at Queen’s Univeristy Belfast

The Irish Quaternary Association Spring Meeting 2020 will be held  at the Elmwood Building at Queen’s University Belfast on Saturday the 28th March. Registration will commence at 9:30am.

The meeting is open to all and will consist of short (20 minute) presentations on any area of new or ongoing Quaternary research. Postgraduate and post-doctoral students are especially welcome and are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to present in an informal and friendly setting. Both oral and poster presentations are invited and there will be a prize for the best postgraduate talk.

Please send abstracts of c. 200 words to Graeme Swindles, indicating poster or talk.

The meeting will be followed by the IQUA AGM on the Saturday afternoon.

There will be a small fee to pay to cover at least some of the expenses related to the meeting and to support further IQUA’s activities. The fee will be €10/€5 for members and students/concessions respectively and €20 for non-members. Payments in £GBP will also be accepted.

IQUA Symposium 2019: A Selection from INQUA _ 29th Nov 2019

This year’s symposium entitled “A Selection from INQUA” will take place on Friday the 29th of November 2019 in the Geological Survey Ireland lecture theatre in Beggar’s Bush.

The programme aims to showcase a range of talks delivered at our recent INQUA congress in Dublin on diverse subjects. It highlights talks by Irish based researchers and/or research projects about Ireland. Registration is €20/10 for full/student members and €30/15 for non-members. See schedule below. Everyone is welcome.

Ireland and the Ice Age: a public event

IQUA is delighted to invite you all to our upcoming public event; a set of talks for the general public on Ireland and the Ice Age. The event will take place on Saturday the 13th of April 2019 from 4 to 6pm in the auditorium at the National Botanical Garden in Galsnevin, Dublin.

The seminar will be chaired by the acclaimed journalist and author Lorna Siggins and will feature talks catered for the general public.

Prof Peter Coxon from Trinity College Dublin will talk about the Irish Landscape before the Ice Age and the changes that occured because of it.

Prof John Sweeney from Maynooth University will delve into the evolution of the climate that triggered and followed the Ice Age.

Dr Bethan Davies of Royal Holloway University in London will explore the importance of teaching the events of this time period, the Quaternary, and the influence it has on our modern world.

The seminar will also feature the official launch of a new IQUA booklet entitled “Giants of Irish Quaternary Science“. This publication contains profiles of a cross-section of scientists who made seminal contributions to the understanding of the Quaternary landscapes of Ireland. An associated pull-up banner exhibition on 10 of these figures will also be launched and on display.

This is a free event but registration is necessary due to limited places. To register please click here.


Associated with this event, a tour of the Herbarium in the Botanic Gardens by Dr Colin Kelleher will take place at 2:30 pm and will be repeated at 3pm. The visit will focus on Alpine species of Ireland and their arrival in Ireland after the Ice Age. The visit will only cater for a limited number of people and will operate on a first come first served basis. For those interested, please meet 5 minutes prior to either of the tour by the cafe entrance outside the visitor reception area.

IQUA November 2018 Symposium: Ireland’s Offshore Quaternary Records

The Irish Quaternary Association wish to welcome you to their upcoming symposium “Ireland’s Offshore Quaternary Records” on Friday 23rd November in the Geological Survey Ireland, Dublin. Nine speakers from Ireland and the UK will talk about recent updates in our understanding of the Quaternary marine sediments around Ireland, with the keynote talk given by Heather Stewart of the British Geological Survey. Registration is from 9:30am on the day, with more details included on the flyer.
A drinks reception will follow where award winners of the IQUA Research Award and Bill Watts 14CHRONO awards will be announced.
There is also an associated outreach event: INFOMAR survey vessel RV Keary will be in Grand Canal Dock on Thurs 22nd and Friday 23rd and members of the public are invited to take a tour.

IQUA 2018 field trip: The Quaternary of the Central Midlands_14th-16th September

IQUA news – after 21 years we are going back to the Midlands on the weekend 14th to 16th September. Regulation around exploitation has given us a rich source of new palaeoecological and archaeological data. Add to this spectacular glacial geology and the outstanding medieval architectural heritage of north Co Offaly…. and you get about half of what’s happening on this trip, see draft itinerary below for more.

The other half is about a very special site called Derragh, located where the river Inny flows out of Lough Kinale. We’re in for a treat here with a plethora of environmental proxies from this one area. See the context of the Discovery Programme site below.

We are basing ourselves for both Friday and Saturday nights in the Greville Arms hotel in Mullingar phone 044 934 8563. The rate is: €139 per person sharing for 2 nights B&B and 1 dinner (i.e. €278 total for two people in a double room, with dinner for both on Saturday). There is a single supplement supplement of €15 on this. The prices without dinner are somewhat less keen but you should still ask for the special IQUA rate. The Friday evening seminar talks will be in the hotel but of course you are not obliged to stay there. There are quite a number of other options in town.

More details towards the end of the summer.


Friday evening Bog bodies Isabella Mulhall
BNM ecology
Lemanaghan Bog Ellen OCarroll
Lemanaghan St Manchan’s Caimin O’Brien
Glacial site Cathy Delaney
Lunch Tullamore
Croghan settlement Caimin O’Brien
Croghan palaeoenvironment Ellen O’Carroll, Eileen Reilly
Croghan quarry Paul Gibson
Lagan Pit Mike Philcox
Railway station Ingelise Stuijts
Derragh Environmental work by its analysts
Lunch in Granard, Greville Arms

The Lough Kinale/Derragh area was studied by the lake Settlement Project of the Discovery Programme between 2002 and 2005. One module of this project was a multi-proxy environmental research project (2002 and 2003) in collaboration with the Palaeoenvironments Research Group at the University of Exeter. The research focused on the history of three crannogs and the general landscape through extensive coring of Lough Kinale and Derragh Lough, and a raised bog separating Derragh peninsular from the mainland. During fieldwork in 2002, Mesolithic and Neolithic lithics were found close to the outlet of the River Inny on the Derragh peninsular. This led to excavations between 2003 and 2005, which exposed a platform area that was used for multiple purposes. Various organic materials including bones and wood, and lithics were subsequently analysed. The IQUA fieldtrip will visit the general area and in particular the Derragh peninsular and the site of the excavation where some of the environmental results will be presented.