In 2006, the Copper Coast European Geopark reinforced its role in the development of local tourism and education with the organization of a large number of events, the production of publications, as well as strengthening links with our twinned partners across Europe through a choir festival and students exchanges. Highlights of the year also included:
- Launch of the all artwork commissioned by the Copper Coast Geopark in recognition of the involvement in the local communities in the project. Tables and seats depicting the local coastline for Stradbally, Bunmahon, Annestown, Dunhill and Fenor, as well as the “Ice, Fire and Water” sculpture in Boatstrand celebrating the common forces that shaped the Copper Coast Geopark and its European Geoparks partners in North West Europe.
- Finalisation of the landscaping of Tankardstown Engine houses and 19th Century mining complex.
- Launch of the Information Centre and Bistro in Annestown, where visitors can learn about the Copper Coast and the European Geopark concept while enjoying freshly made food and healthy snacks in a friendly relaxed atmosphere.
- Raising awareness of geology and local heritage through European Geoparks Week, the training of a team of local guides who led the public throughout the summer, geology course for beginners in the autumn, activities for primary schools and fieldtrips for secondary schools all year round and introduction to geological time with the Time Path in the geological garden: a series of 28 slabs depicting the major steps in Earth history and evolution of life. Interpretive panels for geology, mining heritage and local features were also produced and are to be erected early 2007.
Copper Coast Geopark Ltd.
Seaview Celtic, Annestown
Co. Waterford, Ireland
Contact: Paula McCarthy