Avoca is a place where mining has taken place for centuries. The element mainly sought has been Copper.
Join Geologist and Historian, Nick Coy on a journey of discovery about Avoca, it's past, present and possible future. Nick has so many stories about the lives of miners there and the working conditions for men, women and children in and around Avoca mine through the centuries. No one is better than Nick at bringing alive the experience of being a miner in the adits of Avoca. He also will bring artefacts such as the tokens that could be used as money in local stores. Nick even has data on the high consumption of whiskey in Avoca by residents.
During a 2 hour walk, Nick will describe the local geology and he will show rock and mineral samples, especially the Copper ore that was the main product at Avoca. Nick will describe the layout of Avoca Mine in its various parts using various maps and satellite images. Please note: Avoca Mine lands will not be entered as part of this tour.
Nick is interested in the future of geology in Ireland. He is keen to discuss our consumption of metals and minerals in Ireland, where these resources come from, the management of lands where mining has taken place, especially at Avoca.
No booking is required for this excursion
Participants will meet at the White Bridge, Tigroney, Avoca, Co. Wicklow (Lat Long: 52.8782591, -6.2229612). Parking is widely available in Avoca village.
Saturday 19th August at 3pm (duration of meeting c. 2 hours).
Please wear your walking shoes!
This excursion is part of the Festival of Irish Geology hosted by the Irish Geological Association.