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Northern Ireland Regional Group: 1st Joseph Portlock Lecture

15 October 2015
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Event type:
Evening meeting, Lecture
Organised by:
Northern Ireland Regional Group, Earth Science Week 2015
Queen’s University, Belfast
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‘The longevity of geological faulting in Ireland: it’s hard to keep a good fault down!’

In this lecture John Walsh will re-examine the prolonged history of faulting in Ireland from Caledonian through to Oligocene times. He will consider why this is important in understanding the structural evolution of Ireland and discuss the implications for the exploration for natural resources. John is widely known as a dynamic, challenging and entertaining speaker and his talk should not be missed.

This event commemorates one of Ireland’s pioneering geologists, Joseph Portlock FGS FRS, who established the first geological office and museum in Belfast in 1837, was a President of the Geological Society and wrote the first geological memoir of Northern Ireland, ‘Report on the geology of Londonderry and parts of Tyrone and Fermanagh’.

Target Audience (age/level of prior knowledge)

Adults with an interest in the earth sciences; A level geology students.


Prof John Walsh Hon.FGS, UCD, Director of the Irish Centre for Research in Applied Geosciences.


6.30pm refreshments; 7.15pm lecture.




Queen’s University
Geography Department
Elmwood Avenue

Convenor Contact

Mike Young

Northern Ireland Regional Group