Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
Going Batty: Geopark Bat Detectives - Friday 6 August 2010
Join Geopark staff and discover more about some of our most elusive and mysterious mammals in their natural environment. The meeting point for this event is the Castle Car Park at Castle Caldwell Forest. Castle Caldwell Forest is located off the Kesh –
Belleek A47 road about 5 miles (8 km) from Belleek. The event will begin at 9.00 pm and finish at 11.00 pm. This event is suitable for all the family. However, all children must be accompanied by adult. Please bring a hand or head torch. Warm waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear is essential. Booking is essential. For further information or to book your place please contact the Marble Arch Caves Visitor’s Centre via telephone on 028 66348855 or 004428 66348855 or visit our website
On the Mammal Trail: Geopark Walk - Saturday 14 August 2010
Lough Navar Forest is full of mammals such as red squirrels and red deer but due to their shy nature we don’t often get the chance to see them. Join Geopark staff and look for clues that let us know these fascinating mammals are actually living in our forests. This event will involve driving to and walking around various points within the Forest. There will be no more than 4 km of walking in total. The walk will begin at 2.00 pm and will last for approximately 2 hours. Warm waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear are essential. This walk is suitable for persons of a moderate level of fitness. It is not suitable for wheelchair users or persons with limited mobility and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Please feel free to bring along drinks and
snacks for this event. The meeting point for this event is the entrance to Lough Navar Forest. Lough Navar Forest is located off the minor Derrygonnelly – Belleek road.
The entrance to Lough Navar Forest is adjacent to Correl Glen National Nature Reserve (GR H076547). Lough Navar Forest is signposted throughout the County using brown tourist road signs. Booking is essential. For further information or to book your place please contact the Marble Arch Caves Visitor’s Centre via telephone on 028 66348855 or 004428 66348855 or visit our website www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com.
Wet and Wonderful: Geopark Canoe Trip - Saturday 14 August 2010
Join the team from the Carrawtraw Canoe Centre and Geopark staff and enjoy an afternoon on the waters of Lough Oughter. The lake system of Lough Oughter is home to a wonderful array of birdlife as well as displaying some of the finest glacial landscapes in Ireland. The trip will leave from the Carratraw Canoe Centre, near Butlersbridge, and will travel on the lake to Clogh Oughter Castle before returning along the same route. The trip will take place from 2.00 pm until approximately
6.00 pm and is suitable for children over 10 years of age (although younger children may come along at the discretion of Carratraw Canoe Centre). The cost of the trip is
€25 per adult and €15 per child and can be booked directly with the Carrawtraw Canoe Centre at 00353 86 266 0686 or by email at [email protected].
Family Friendly Day - Sunday 15 August 2010
Join Geopark staff and local artists for an arts and craft event as part of the Family Friendly Day in Con Smith Park, in Cavan town. Have a go at fossil rubbing, and learn how to make your own Carboniferous diorama as well as lots of others arts and crafts activities. The event will take place from 2pm until 6pm, beside the Cavan Institute in Cavan. No booking is required and this is a drop-in event although all
children should be accompanied by an adult.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann - 16 to 22 August 2010
Cavan is preparing for the largest festival of music, song and dance with people gathering from all over the world for this immense cultural celebration. The 60th Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is set to be the largest ever as it returns to Cavan for the first time since 1954. Discover Cavan's rich musical and cultural heritage through a diverse range of events that can all be viewed at www.fleadh2010.ie. The Geopark is contributing to this magnificent celebration of Irish heritage through a number of
specially organized events throughout the area.
Storytelling at Clogh Oughter Castle - Tuesday 17 August 2010
Enjoy a relaxing boat trip through the tranquil landscapes of Lough Oughter, part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. The boat will leave from Trinity Island at 6.00 pm and will transport you to Clogh Oughter Castle, an Anglo-Norman castle set upon a man-made island in Lough Oughter. Refreshments will be served on the island while you listen to local historian Jim Hannon regaling us with stories from the castle. The boats will return to Trinity Island at approximately 9.00 pm. Places are limited on this event but it is possible to join the tour at Rinn Point where the boast will transport you the short distance from the shore to Clogh Oughter Castle. The cost of this event is €15 to include refreshments. For those joining the tour at Rinn Point then cost is €10.
Geopark Safari: bus tour of Geopark sites in Cavan and Fermanagh - Thursday 19 August 2010
Join Geopark staff for a Geopark Safari around some of the finest Geopark sites in Cavan and Fermanagh. The tour will leave from outside Cavan Courthouse at 10.00 am and will stop at Turbet Island in Belturbet before travelling northwards for lunch and a tour of the Marble Arch Caves. After lunch the tour will take in the evocative Burren Forest and its wealth of archaeological heritage, before stopping at the Shannon Pot and traveling back to Cavan via the Bellavally Gap. The bus will return to Cavan Courthouse at approximately 6.00 pm. The cost of this event is €25 and will include lunch.
Megalithic Mania: Guided Walk of Burren Forest - Sunday 22 August 2010
Local archaeologist and historian, Jim Nolan will lead this bilingual walk through the evocative Burren Forest. With its wealth of archaeological heritage dating back as far as the Neolithic period, this walk will offer a rare insight into the past settlers of this spiritual landscape. Walkers should meet at the Burren gates at 2.00 pm. The walk will last for approximately 3 hours and will require stout footwear and warm waterproof clothing. This event is free. To book a place on any of the Geopark Fleadh events please contact 00353 49 4378600 or email [email protected].
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann celebrations at Marble Arch Caves Visitor’s Centre - Saturday 21 August 2010
Why not come along and enjoy the music, fun and frolics at the Marble Arch Caves Visitor’s Centre as part of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark Fleadh Cheoil celebrations. There will be live music and entertainment at the Visitor’s Centre from 12.00 pm until 4.00 pm This event will be free of charge but, normal admission rates to the Showcave will still apply.
Heritage Week 2010 - 21 to 29 August 2010
The aim of National Heritage Week is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation. The Heritage Council coordinates National Heritage Week with support from the Department of the Environment, Heritage, Local Government & Failte Ireland. There are a number of events taking place throughout the Geopark during Heritage Week all of which are completely free.
Landscapes and Literature - Tuesday 24 August 2010
Poets, writers and musicians have used the landscape as their inspiration for centuries if not millennia. Come along and listen to an evening of poetry, music, storytelling and dance, all of which have taken their inspiration from the landscapes of the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark. Landscapes and Literature will take place in Kilmore Parish Hall from 8.00 pm until 10.00 pm and will include refreshments. For more information please contact the Cavan County Heritage Office at 00353 49437 8600 or email [email protected].
Stories from Old Blacklion - Thursday 26 August 2010
The border village of Blacklion in Co Cavan has had an interesting past with stories of smugglers, illegal distillers and highwaymen all to be had. Harold Johnston, local historian and storyteller will be regaling us with tales from Blacklion’s hey day at the Market House in Blacklion from 8.00 pm to 10.00 pm. Tea / coffee and light refreshments will be served. For more information on Heritage Week events please see www.heritageweek.ie.