The Copper Coast comprises five independent communities working together, each developing its own resources but are collectively in 2004-'06 developing joint infrastructural development and presentation with European INTERREG IIIB and IIIC funding. Adding to a common set of interpretative pamphlets will be an interactive DVD explaining the evolution of the Coast-line. Stills from this will interpret what visitors are looking at from various viewing points along the coast.
The existing geological garden is being up-graded to further enhance the understanding of visitors as to the geological forces that created the Copper Coast. A new centre is also being created at the engine house complex which served the 19th century copper mines from which the Geopark deprives its name. Not only is the mining history being interpreted but its geological and mineralogical context as well. A spiral staircase within the main building will bring visitors through geological time to a panorama of the present landscape with cliffs stretching into the distance against the backdrop of the Commeragh Mountains. The following are the amenities and current features developed by each of the communities:
Originally founded as "Fenor to Stradbally Tourism" as a community tourism group in 1997. It had at first been envisaged as the tourism development arm ofDFBA community group, but it was soon realised that the whole coast between Tramore and Dungarvan made a more natural geographical unit. Also from a purely historical point of view, Bonmahon's mining history was very important.
Co. Waterford is a collaboration of everything that Ireland has to offer, from mountains to sea, from city to village, from ticking-clock pub to a lively traditional session. The road between Tramore and Dungarvan passes through six small villages and shows off glorious views of towering cliffs, sandy coves and caves, all against the brooding backdrop of the Comeragh mountains - This is the Copper Coast.
This is an area which richly rewards time spent in exploration. As well as the rugged coastline with its string of little coves, caves and harbours you can visit, in the surrounding area, forests, rivers, bogs and lakes or search out historical sites and monuments dating back as far as 5000 years. Naturally, geologically, archaeologically fascinating; also just a really nice place to be. So stay awhile, ask around and discover the Copper Coast. You are very welcome.
The Copper Coast, with its rugged cliffs and rocks, sand and pebbles is a little like an illustrated geology book; a wander along any of the coves and beaches, studying the endless variety in the make-up of the cliffs, the off-shore rocks, the caves and arches shows us evidence of great upheavals and scarcely imaginable movements in the past. So far there is very little text to this book but now this area has become a Geopark and has joined a European network of Geoparks and over the next two or three years the 'pictures' will be given words of explanation on information boards and in pamphlets and in many other ways so that everyone can begin to know and understand what they are looking at.
Copper Coast Geopark Ltd
County Waterford, Ireland