10 places of geological interest on the Dingle Peninsula
The following list of ten places have been taken from the 'The Roadside Geology of West Kerry Project'. A series of signs that explain and illustrate the geological features seen at ten localities around The Dingle Peninsula were erected in 2012. The information for these signs was provided by Dr Patrick Wyse Jackson (Department of Geology) and the project was co-funded by the Heritage Council and Kerry County Council. The project aim was to increase public awareness and understanding of the significant geological heritage of this part of County Kerry. Some additional information has been taken from the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI) new field guide book - details below.
3. Ferriter's Cove
5. Kilmurry Bay
2. Clogher head
Volcanoes at Clogher Headpyroclastic deposits found associated with fossil-bearing sediments in the Dunquin district.
4. Slea Head and Blasket Islands Rocks
6. The Inch Conglomerate
rare sedimentary rock type whose coarsest portion contains cobbles of metamorphic rocks gneiss and schist 1.38 to 3034 billion years old.
7. Maharees Tombola
low lying tombola and limestone bedrock
8. The Ice Age on the Dingle Peninsula - Mount Brandon
paternoster lakes and glacial valley
9. The Ice Age at Pedlar’s Lake - Lough Doon
Glacial corrie once full of ice that fed the Owenmore valley glacier.
10.Glacial deposits at Kilgobbin
1.Fossils and faults on Caherconree
2.Volcanoes at Clogher Head
3.Silurian Fossils of Ferriter’s Cove
4.Slea Head and Blasket Islands Rocks
5. Ancient deserts at Kilmurry Bay
6. The Inch Conglomerate
7. Spits and Tombolas
8. The Ice Age on the Dingle Peninsula
9. The Ice Age at Pedlar’s Lake
10. Glacial deposits at Kilgobbin
Geology of the Dingle Peninsula – a field guide was written by two internationally renowned geologists, Emeritus Professor Ken Higgs, University College Cork, and Emeritus Professor Brian Williams, University of Aberdeen, both of whom have worked for many years in the area, and have taught and inspired many of their students on the beaches, coves and headlands of the Dingle Peninsula. The book is dedicated to Ralph Horne, former Assistant Director of Geological Survey Ireland, who contributed enormously to promoting the modern geological understanding of the Dingle Peninsula. Speaking at the launch Koen Verbruggen, GSI Director said, "This book is amazing, it captures the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula, the importance of the geology, and explains the origin and science of the rocks in a way that is accessible to both geologists and non-geologists."
Geological Survey Ireland was founded in 1845 to map the geology of Ireland and to gain an understanding of the mineral resources. Early mapping was carried out by people walking the length and breadth of the island, marking every rock on the newly produced Ordnance Survey 6-inch maps, making drawings, sketches, and detailed descriptions of the rocks. That early work is the basis of our work today but we now use boats, planes, drones and drills to enhance that knowledge. GSI is part of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment. The Dingle Peninsula was first mapped for the Geological Survey in the 1850s by George Victor Du Noyer. His maps are works of art as well as science.