Programme for Public 2012

Prebooking required for all events with Eleanor Reade 051 302037.

The Bealtaine Festival for Outdoor Science is a partnership of groups interested in Celebrating our Living Earth in the Southeast of Ireland and is coordinated by Calmast. Waterford IT through Calmast offers a wide range of science, technology, engineering and maths programmes for schools in the Southeast, attracting over 12,000 visitors to four annual festivals: Maths Week Ireland, Waterford Science Festival, Engineering Week and Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science.







Waterford Institute of Technology Carriganore Campus

Dusk Chorus. Eric Dempsey author and broadcaster will lead this woodland bird walk .

Eric Dempsey,
broadcaster and author

Sun 20th


General Public


Guided Walk of Tankardstown and Stage Cove. Discover the geology and history of area with guide Bruce Mc Donald
Bruce Mc Donald,
Copper Coast Geopark

Mon 21st


General Public

The Promenade, opposite T-Bay Cafe, Tramore
Guided Walk & Talk to the Tramore Dunes via the Front Strand. Information includes ecology, archaeology, history and a presentation of the Tramore Wildlife & Habitats booklet
Glen Power

Tues 22nd


General Public & families
Bonmahon car park

Natural Navigation - Finding your way with nature. Sean O’Connor will introduce some methods of navigation that do not rely on modern technologies but rather use the sun, moon and stars as well as nature and the environment to guide our way.

Sean O Connor, Copper Coast Geopark

Tues 22nd


General Public
Dunhill Castle – lower gate

Guided Walk of Dunhill , discover the geology and history of the area with local guide Donal Lehane

Donal Lehane, Copper Coast Geopark

Wed 23rd

General Public

Fenor Bog

Guided walk through Fenor bog with local guide Alan Walshe
Alan Walshe, Copper Coast Geopark

Fri 25th


General Public

Ramada Hotel, Waterford (visit to bat roost afterwards)

A bat monitoring workshop for members of the public who are interested in participating in surveys to be conducted by MISE and BCIreland this summer.
Participants will learn how to use a bat detector, how to identify signs indicating that bats are present at a potential roost site, and how to carry out an emergence survey to count the number of bats exiting a roost at dusk.

MISE Project/BCIreland bat monitoring workshop

Sat 26th


General Public

Rathgormack Hiking Centre

Boolas Loop – A guided walk starting in Curraheen and makes its way past Graigavalla wood to the Boolas, glacial lakes in the heart of the Comeraghs. From here the walk proceeds to the high level pass of the Gap and returns to the start via the old “Bóithrín na Sochraide”. Michael O`Donoghue

Sun 27th

10am - 2pm

General Public & families


Giant Mozaic on Annestown beach using natural materials found on beach with pebbles, seaweed and shells etc with artist Sinead Driver and geologist Tina Keating

Sinead Driver and
geologist Tina Keating

Sun 27th


General Public & families

All events approximately 1 hour unless otherwise indicated