Glaciers, Glens and Granite - New Publication Nov 2022

An Exploration of the Geology of County Wicklow.

Geological heritage is a fundamental asset of Wicklow.  It provides a very visible backdrop to the landscape, the scenery and the fabric of people’s lives in the county. It is almost impossible to miss the geological essence of Wicklow, yet somehow it is often overlooked or ignored, or simply misunderstood.

This book is intended to be an accessible point for people to begin to see what is around them with fresh eyes, to have the broad brush of the landscape interpreted in pictures and plain language. It is hoped that the explanations here will illuminate the details in over 60 special places, that collectively make up the geological story of Wicklow.

We are delighted to announce that the launch of Glaciers, Glens and Granite An exploration of the geology of County Wicklow published by Wordwell will take place on Tuesday 22nd November at 7.00 pm in Wicklow Town Library.  All are welcome to attend but space is limited by the venue so please register at to book a place.

About the book

This book is a visual exploration of the geological heritage of County Wicklow. It is based on an audit of sites of geological and landscape significance carried out in 2014. The audit of County Geological Sites was initiated by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council as an action of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan. The project was undertaken in partnership with and supported by The Heritage Council and Geological Survey Ireland. In this publication, with the aid of visual images and short, plain language explanations, we aim to further reveal the stories that can be read from the rocks beneath our feet in Wicklow.

How to purchase

Widely available to purchase for €20 in local bookshops in county Wicklow and can be ordered directly from Wordwell, here

© 2022 Wicklow County Council Wicklow County Council and Geological Survey Ireland

Text  © 2022 Matthew Parkes, Robert Meehan, Vincent Gallagher, Ronan Hennessy and Sarah Gatley Photographs © 2022 Matthew Parkes, Robert Meehan,Vincent Gallagher, Ronan Hennessy and Sarah Gatley. Editors: Dr. Clare Glanville, Geological Survey Ireland and Deirdre Burns, Wicklow County Council

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