Copper Coast Geopark Ltd.
Knockmahon,
Bunmahon,
Co. Waterford,
Ireland

Tel: +353 (0)51 292828

Geology

Andesite - A form of Volcanic RockThe rocks of the Copper Coast recorded different geological events over 460 millions years. It all started on the ocean floor, near the South Pole, when this part of Ireland wasn't a land yet. Magma rose from the depths of the earth to finally pierce the ocean floor. A first volcano erupted in the ocean. When it switched off, the sea became quiet again allowing shellfish to develop.

A second volcano, more explosive than the first one, erupted and disturbed the sea. It then switched off and the Copper Coast started to drift northwards,  towards the Equator. While drifting, the rocks previously formed were uplifted during mountain forming processes and then exposed to the surface to desert conditions about 360 million years ago.
 
The Copper Coast kept on drifting to reach its actual position.
 
About 2 million years ago, ice sheets and glaciers covered the land and while moving slowly, eroded the rocks underneath and shaped the landscape. When they melted at the end of the Ice Age, about 12,000 years ago, the glaciers dumped their load of boulder rich clays, topping the underneath bedrock.Mud fold at Kilfarassy
 
Guided tours are also available for groups. Contact the Copper Coast Geopark for information.
 
 
In Geoparks we maintain a watching brief on all things to do with our environment, but particularly our geology.
We do ask that you only take away your memories and photos, and that you don't remove any fossils, rocks or minerals.
 
Our local authority, Waterford Council, also maintain a protective role with regard to geological wear and tear, both caused by nature and man. Click here...

Geopark

The area was declared a European Geopark in 2001 and a UNESCO Global Geopark in 2004. This geologically diverse area contains records of Palaeozoic volcanism and the last ice age. more

Location

The Copper Coast is a stretch of the southern coast of Ireland in County Waterford. It is named for the historic metal-mining industry, the legacies of which now constitute a tourist attraction. more

Walking Trails

Along with an audio tour around Annestown, we also have walking trail cards for the villages along the Copper Coast. The trail cards can be printed or stored for viewing on your phone. more

Website by: Déise Design
A European Geopark Located In Co. Waterford, Ireland.