Copper Coast Geopark Ltd.
Co. Waterford,

Tel: +353 (0)51 292828

Comeraghs Wild, Edith Collier, Treasure Hunt, Words Gone Wild!

This is the time of year when the people of the Comeraghs and the Copper Coast put together a weekend of events big and small to exercise body, mind, soul and senses.
If you click here you will find the full programme of the Comeraghs Wild Festival 2015.

For ourselves we are celebrating the art and activities in and around Bonmahon, 100 years ago, of the New Zealand born artist Edith Collier and fellow artists and her intriguing story. Tina Keating and team have drawn together an exhibition of Edith Collier's work which will open on the Friday of the Comeraghs Wild weekend and will continue to run for a month.

On Saturday there will be a walk, "In the footsteps of Edith Collier". This, we must emphasise, will happen at 11.00 in the morning and not, as stated in the official programme. (This does need to be booked in advance). More details of these events and everything happening on the Copper Coast below. Or go to the Comeraghs Wild Festival website for the wider picture.

Something completely different will be the Treasure Hunt in Stradbally, on Sunday afternoon. This just sounds like good family fun, and everybody should know that little bit more about village and cove by the end of it!

Sean and Miranda Corcoran and The Words Writers Group will also run a special event on Saturday evening, in a place to be disclosed when you book... a mystery! Details below or on the Comeraghs Wild Festival Website.
And the very last event of the Comeraghs Wild Festival will happen in the Copper Coast Geopark Centre on Sunday night, when Cór Fear na nDéise, an all-male choir from the Gaeltacht area of An Rinn and An Sean Phobal in Co. Waterford, will perform.

Edith Collier's Bunmahon, 1914 - 1915,
"Little schoolboy of Bonmahon" by Edith Collier. Image supplied courtesy of Te Papa Tongarewa, The National Museum of New ZealandAn exhibition of fine art reproductions
Friday 18th September
Location: Copper Coast Auxiliary Exhibition Space

The official opening of Edith Collier Centenary Summer School Exhibition
2015 marks100 years since the progressive New Zealand born artist Edith Collier and a group of her contemporaries spent the summer sketching and painting in Bunmahon and the surrounding area.

Edith Collier's contribution to New Zealand art as an innovator, modernist and expatriate painter placed her in a most distinguished group.

The Copper Coast Geopark will hold a yearlong series of events, with the support of the people of Bunmahon including local artists, photographers and schools, to celebrate our association with this fascinating and pioneering woman who would became a significant Modernist painter and enjoy great success through exhibiting with the Society of Women Artists and Women's International Art Club - venues outside the art establishment of the era.

Walk in the footsteps of Edith CollierDown in the Village, Bunmahon. Courtesy of the Edith Collier Trust and the Sarjeant Gallery, Te Whare O Rehua Whanganui, New Zealand.
Saturday 19th September
Starting location: Copper Coast Auxiliary Exhibition Space

A visit to the Edith Collier exhibition followed by a guided walk of Bunmahon, visiting some of the beautiful locations painted by Edith Collier during her time in Bunmahon 100 years ago and still recognizable today, returning to the Copper Coast Geopark Visitors Centre for a complementary cup of tea or coffee.

Admission €5, accompanying children free
Leaders: Jim Cullinane and Orlaith Hamersley

The Copper Coast Stradbally Treasure Hunt
Sunday 20th.Sept
Meet at the Sundial

For an exciting, fun and unique way to explore and discover Stradbally Village and Cove take part in the Festival Treasure Hunt hosted by the Copper Coast Geopark, Solve the clues and conundrums as you visit impressive landmarks, hidden gems and more.Sun dial picnic table in the middle of Stradbally.

Treasure Hunt is terrific fun, max 4 persons per team and at the end each teams points are calculated and the winners announced.  

The hunt takes approx. 2 hours to complete, with great prizes to be won.
Admission €5.00 per person. Start point: Sun Dial on Village Green

First Prize – A voucher for 4 to Activate, Waterford's newest family activity centre.
Sponsored by Activate, Waterford.

Second prize – Lunch for 4 at Castle Café, Dunhill Eco Centre
Sponsored by Castle Café

Words Gone Wild
Time: Saturday 19th September, 6pm
Venue: Copper Coast, Bunmahon
Event Details:
A special spoken word event will take place by The Words Writers Group as part of the Comeraghs Wild Festival.
The evening will be different from the group's usual monthly event at The Art Hand in that it will take place at an undisclosed outdoor location on The Copper Coast and will have a 'Wild' and 'Wilderness' theme. This event will proceed regardless of the weather so come prepared!
Proceedings begin from The Art Hand at 6pm sharp and will run till after 10pm.
Price: €5
Booking is essential on 051 292919 or text your name to Sean Corcoran to reserve a space on 087 2524657. All are welcome and there is no obligation to perform. Children can attend but will need to be strictly supervised. Check The Art Hand Facebook page for further details closer to the time.

Cór Fear na nDéise & Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach
Time: Sunday 20th September @ 6pm
Venue: Copper Coast GeoPark Centre

Event Details:   Evening of music to be held in Copper Coast GeoPark Centre, Bunmahon.
Cór Fear na nDéise is an all-male choir from the Gaeltacht area of An Rinn and An Sean Phobal in Co. Waterford. The group's main goal is to revive and reintroduce local songs, poems, music and stories to today's audiences. This choir boasts some of Ireland's best Sean-Nós singers and a 'slua' of fantastic pipers, whistle players, box players, guitarists, fiddlers etc. which are central to the arrangements and performing of the songs, under the direction of Darren Ó Droma. In the summer of 2015, the choir were very honoured to be asked to sing for the President of Ireland, Mícheál D. Ó hUigínn.
Tá Cór Fear na nDéise lonaithe i nGaeltachtaí na Rinne agus an tSean-Phobail i gCo. Phort Láirge. Is í príomh aidhm an Chóir ná athbheochan agus cur i láthair amhráin áitiúla agus ceol chun a lucht éisteachta. Tá sé de phribhléid ag an gCór roinnt de mhór-amhránaithe an t-sean-nóis a bheith mar bhaill acu, chomh maith le píobairí, boscadóirí, bhéileadóirí agus ceoltóirí eile den scoth; iad ar fad fé stiúr Dhearáin Uí Dhroma. samhradh na bliana 2015, ba mhór an onór don gcór canadh i gcuideachta Uachtarán na hÉireann, Mícheál D. Ó hUigínn.


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


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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