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

Tel: +353 (0)51 292828

National Heritage Week on the Copper Coast

We have a full and exciting programme of events for this year's National Heritage Week starting Saturday 22 August with something for everyone and days out for all the family from guided walks and talks to art demonstrations.

FREE ENTRY TO OUR GEOLOGICAL AND MINING HERITAGE EXHIBITION: WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST 
Copper Coast Visitor Centre, Cr. John FoleyAll day on Wednesday 26th August the geological and mining heritage exhibition at our Visitor Centre will be free entry to everyone. The exhibition is particularly suited for families and people interested in heritage with films and exhibits which show the extent of the copper mines in Waterford and how the miners lived. We have many examples of minerals one of which is the largest specimen in Ireland and a working seismometer which records earthquakes from around the world. No booking is required and there is full disability access.
If you are feeling peckish afterwards the café at our Visitor Centre serves locally produced lunches and cakes.

GEOLOGY OF COPPER COAST AT BALLYDOWANE COVE: 3PM SATURDAY 22 AUGUST
An informal talk at 2pm on Saturday 22 August at the dramatic Ballydowane Cove by geologist Dr. Mike Sweeney who will explain how the rocks and cliffs tell the story of Ireland's volcanic past. This talk is one of two events being hosted by the Geopark to celebrate the achievements of the people returning from the 'Walk from A to B' a 250 kilometre walk from Allihies to Bunmahon.
This event is free entry and no booking is required and there is car parking and disability access to the beach. Please do bear in mind the talk will be given on the beach. Everyone is welcome to join the walkers on the last leg of the 'Walk from A to B' to their final destination at Tankardstown which is estimated to take 30-40 minutes.
The 'Walk from A to B' now in its fifth year has evolved into a community tradition with locals and families joining the more experienced walkers for part of the way. When the copper mines in Allihies closed during the famine many people walked to the Bunmahon Copper Mines in search of work and the annual walk was established to honour the memory of those copper miners and their families, many of whom died on that journey.

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE COPPER COAST MINERS: 3PM SATURDAY 22 AUGUST
An informal talk at 3pm on Saturday 22 August at Tankardstown. Local history enthusiast Jim Cullinane is well known locally for his story-telling skills and knowledge of the Copper Mines at Bunmahon. This event is suitable for all the family. Prepare to be captivated by the lives of the miners and their families at the remains of the copper mines at Tankardstown. This is a free event, no booking is required and there is disability access.

GUIDED TOUR OF DUNHILL MEDIEVAL CASTLE & CHURCH: 12PM SUNDAY 23 AUGUST
DUNHILL CASTLE  Credit - Samantha RichardsonIf you are fascinated by medieval castles and churches a guided tour of Dunhill Castle and Church is organised for 12pm Sunday 23 August at Dunhill Castle. Be transported to medieval Ireland by local guide Michelle Vagg as she regales you with the tales and legends behind this historic and magical site. Dunhill Castle is perched high on a cliff overlooking the River Anne with its ancient ramparts, where it is said that "out of this house all of the Powers of Ireland descend".
This event is suitable for families and with partial wheelchair access at the Dunhill Road entrance. Parking is available at both entrances but please be advised the entrance from Annestown requires walking up steep steps. Although there is not a lot of walking in this guided tour, we do advise you wear safe and comfortable footwear as there is a bit of walking through grass that may be wet.

Booking is required for this event and the cost is:
Adult: €7 Children: €3 Concession: €5
Bookings can be made by contacting Samantha Richardson on:
T: 051 292828 / 086 7766060
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SEAWEED FORAGING Cr. - Ciaran Conneely

SEAWEED FORAGING AT ANNESTOWN BEACH: 11AM WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST
Seaweed was once the staple diet of Waterford with its rich coastline and you will have the opportunity to learn about this versatile sea vegetable at our Seaweed Foraging at Annestown Beach at 11am on Wednesday 26 August. Local guide Bruce MacDonald will show you how to identify the different seaweed types, their uses for cooking, in your beauty routine and in the garden. Seaweed has many health benefits and you will learn how to harvest it, the importance of doing this sustainably and most importantly what to do with it when you bring it home.
Car parking is available and there is partial wheelchair access. We do advise you to wear suitable footwear (such as wellingtons or hiking boots) and bring scissors and a bucket or bowl to harvest and collect your seaweed.

This event is suitable for families and people of all ages. All children must be accompanied by adults. Booking is required and the costs are:
Adult: €7 Child: €3 Concession: €5
Bookings can be made by contacting Samantha Richardson on:
T: 051 292828 / 086 7766060
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ART DEMONSTRATION WITH DAVID MINEHAN: 3PM WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUSTDavid Minehan
For art lovers Dungarvan based artist David Minehan will give an art demonstration on his much-loved traditional style depicting Irish cottage kitchens. David's work is inspired by his interest in heritage, history and culture. This event takes place at our Visitor Centre in Bunmahon at 3pm on Wednesday 26 August and is suitable for people at all levels of art from beginners to experts. This event is free entry and no booking is required. There is full disability access.

WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE COPPER COAST MINERS: 11am SATURDAY 29 AUGUST
Starting at the Visitor Centre in Bunmahon this two hour guided tour at 11am on Saturday 29 August brings to life the remains of the Copper Mining Industry and is a rare opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Copper Coast Miners. Local tour guide Bruce MacDonald will bring the stories of the miners and their families to life as you explore the landscape and iconic remains of the mining industry in the village of Bunmahon, Stage Cove and Tankardstown.

MINERS HERITAGE TRAIL

Car parking is available at the Visitor Centre. We do advise you wear suitable and comfortable footwear (such as hiking boots or trainers) as this is a two hour walk suitable for people of average fitness. Please be advised this event is not suitable for young children or wheelchair users. All children must be accompanied by adults.

Booking is required and the cost is:
Adult: €7 Child: €3 Concession: €5
Bookings can be made by contacting Samantha Richardson on:
T: 051 292828 / 086 7766060
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We do hope you join us in celebrating and enjoying our national heritage!
Geoparks are regions in the world that boast outstanding geological heritage and vibrant local culture and the events highlight the work carried out by local people and communities to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. The purpose of a Geopark is to explore, develop and celebrate the links between local geology and all other aspects of the area's natural, cultural and intangible heritage. It is about reconnecting us all to the planet we all call home. The Copper Coast Geopark is a volunteer-managed organisation founded by people whose goal was to develop the local economy through sustainable tourism.

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

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A European Geopark Located In Co. Waterford, Ireland.