Date(s) - 7 August 2016
1:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Burrenbeo’s August Heritage Walk with Drs David Drew and Micheline Sheehy Skeffington.
‘Above and Below Garryland’
Ecology & underground rivers of Coole – Garryland
With Dr David Drew and Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington
7th August 2016, 2pm
Meet at 1.30pm at Tierneevin Church (52M 479 020) to carpool.
Join Burrenbeo Trust for an exploration of the fascinating ecology and underground rivers of the Coole – Garryland turlough complex. This turlough system is unusual in that, though farmed at Garryland, it is surrounded by native woodland that gives it a primeval aspect which is unusual in the east Galway area. David and Micheline will share their respective expertise and shed light on the wonders of this habitat. Formerly a lecturer on karst, hydrology and hydrogeology in Trinity College Dublin, David’s particular interest is in limestone (karstic) regions of Ireland such as the Burren and especially in the underground waters in these areas and is actively involved in research into the groundwater in the Burren. Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington has recently retired as lecturer in Plant Ecology in the Botany Department, NUI Galway, where she taught for 34 years.
The walk will meet at Tierneevin Church at 1.30pm to allow carpooling to the start location which has limited parking. The walk will last for roughly 2 hours, depending on water levels. The walk start point is marked here. Please bring good walking shoes and waterproofs or suncream if needed. No dogs allowed. The walk is open to everyone, and will focus on information sharing rather than covering long distances, although a reasonable level of fitness is required. It is free for Burrenbeo Trust Members and a donation of €10 is suggested from non-members. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 091 638096.
We are grateful to the National Parks and Wildlife Service for allowing us to carry out this walk at the Coole-Garryland nature reserve.
From the West (Kinvara)
Take the Gort road in the centre of Kinvara, past the post office. At the fork continue right. Follow this road for about 9km and you will arrive at a t-junction. Tierneevin church is on your right.
From the East (Gort)
Take the Corofin Road out of Gort, driving over the motorway. Continue to a right turn signposted for Kinvara, take this turn. Continue on this road for c.3km and you will arrive a junction with a church at it. This is Tierneevin church.