Fingal Irish Geological Heritage

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Dataset received from Fingal County Council September 2010.

Irish Geological Heritage Programme.

The Irish Geological Heritage (IGH) Programme is a partnership between The Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) of The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DEHLG). It aims to identify, document, and protect the wealth of geological heritage in the Republic of Ireland and conserve it against ever increasing threats, and also to promote its value with the landowners and the public.

The GSI provide scientific appraisal and interpretative advice on geological and geomorphological sites. They are responsible for the identification of important sites that are capable of being conserved as Natural Heritage Areas (NHA).

The National Parks and Wildlife Service of The Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government have the responsibility of designation and management of sites with appropriate advice from GSI.

The programme started in 1998 and has evolved with examination of the inventory and protection processes operating in other European countries (including the active participation with colleagues in the European Association for the Conservation of the Geological Heritage, ProGEO).

The geological heritage of Ireland is considered and evaluated within an overall framework of 16 themes:

IGH 1 - Karst (completed) IGH 2 - Precambrian to Devonian Palaeontology (completed) [including the Valentia tetrapod trackway site] IGH 3 - Carboniferous to Pliocene Palaeontology (in progress) IGH 4 - Cambrian-Silurian IGH 5 - Precambrian IGH 6 - Mineralogy (in progress) IGH 7 - Quaternary (in progress) IGH 8 - Lower Carboniferous IGH 9 - Upper Carboniferous and Permian IGH 10 - Devonian IGH 11 - Igneous Intrusions IGH 12 - Mesozoic and Cenozoic IGH 13 - Coastal Geomorphology IGH 14 - Fluvial and Lacustrine Geomorphology IGH 15 - Economic Geology IGH 16 - Hydrogeology [including warm springs, see:]

Each theme considers specific aspects, such as stratigraphy, sedimentology, structural geology, volcanic rocks, etc. Each theme addresses all aspects of the particular geology involved, but some sites may be considered within two or more themes.

Under the IGH Programme, expert panels were set up for each theme, resulting in an indicative list of sites worthy of more detailed assessment within the relevant themes. This is a response to the present urgent demands for information for development projects, Environmental Impact Statements and planning.

Data Resources (1)

available as arcsde connection
Theme Arts
Date dataset updated 2010-11-17
Rights notes ['Seek Permissions', 'Seek Permissions', 'otherRestrictions', 'Seek Permissions', 'otherRestrictions']
Language English
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-6.393352, 53.366293],[-6.393352, 53.610331], [-5.989353, 53.610331], [-5.989353, 53.366293], [-6.393352, 53.366293]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) TM65 / Irish Grid (EPSG:29902)
Provenance information Dataset provided by Fingal County Council in September 2010 in shape file format. For further information on the IGH programme and Local Authorities, visit;

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