IQUA is delighted to announce this year’s IQUA Field Meeting in Roscommon and South Sligo on September 7-9th. The Meeting will introduce the outstanding karstic landscape features of Roscommon and its rich glacial geology. It will examine turlough life and the enigmatic pitfields. It will also cover the Famine in Roscommon and explore the complex monuments near Tulsk and Rathcroghan. There will even be a chance to slip into the otherworld through Oweynagat’s Cave. On Sunday, a visit will be paid to the Bricklieve Mountains of south Sligo to explore their geology and follow the exciting new work on the least known of the Irish megalithic complexes. We will find out about what was so important about the Neolithic farming economy from new high resolution pollen work in this region.

The Meeting Fee is €20/30 for IQUA members/non-members and €10/15 for student and unwaged members/non-members. For those who cannot join the Meeting from the start on the evening of Friday 7th, it is possible to join up with the Meeting on subsequent days at any of the pre-arranged meeting locations as detailed fully on the Roscommon Field Meeting 2012 poster. The fee can also be paid at point at which you join the Meeting.

Further details, if needed, are available from the IQUA Secretary, Dr. Bettina Stefanini by email or by mobile on 087 218 0048.

Please note that the Seminar to open the Field Meeting on the evening of Friday 7th in Tully’s Hotel, Castlerea, is open to the public. It features two talks, the first by Mary Kelly on “Why the Famine Affected Castlerea Differently to Other Places in Co. Roscommon”, and the second by Kevin Barton on “Geophysical Explorations of the Rathcroghan Mound and their Intriguing Possibilities”.

Please arrange your own accommodation, see below for a list of possibilities. Transport: There is a train to Castlerea but transport to each site will be by private car throughout the trip.

Accommodation in Castlerea:
*Tully’s Hotel, small hotel in the centre of Castlerea: phone 094 962 0200
*Fallon’s B&B, phone: 094 962 1183
*Armcashel B&B, phone: 094 962 0117
*Ronanae’s B&B, phone: 094 962 0431
*Clonalis House is a Historic House that does B&B, phone: 094 962 0014