University College Dublin, Stillorgan Rd, Belfield, Dublin 4

Palaeozoic Rocks and Fossils of the Hook Head Peninsula, County Wexford

Duration and dates: Two days, one night (18th & 19th August 2018)


August 18th

Cambrian rocks at Booley Bay – a distal turbidite sequence with excellent sole structures, Ediacaran fossils and acritarchs.

Devonian rocks at Sandeel Bay – Old Red Sandstone fluvial sequence with fining-up cycles, containing Upper Devonian plant spores and a permineralised flora. Also, the faulted contact with the Carboniferous rocks

August 19th

Upper Devonian to Carboniferous rocks in Harrylock to Lumsden’s Bay – Terrestrial ichnofossils and Late Famennian miospore and megaspore assemblages. Early Carboniferous rocks at Woarway Bay and Lyraun Cove – displaying the transitional marine transgression, marine ichnofossils and a succession of early to mid Tournaisian miospore assemblages. Carboniferous Limestone sequences at Churchtown, the Hook Lighthouse and Slade – a variety of limestone lithofacies and abundant shelly fossils.


Per Couple: €484 (€242 per person sharing room)
Single Booking: €273

Price Includes:

  • Transport
  • B&B accommodation on 18th August in Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford
  • Dinner on 18th August
  • Expert Guides
  • Not included: lunches, which will be purchased in bars locally

Maximum number of delegates: 33

Access Note: The excursion will involve short walks on beaches and coastal paths with descent/ascent of low cliffs. Sturdy footwear and rainwear essential.


Prof. Ken Higgs (University College Cork)
Assistant leaders: Prof. Geoff Clayton and Dr Robbie Goodhue (Trinity College, University of Dublin)