Take a Walk On the Wild Side

Saturday, 19th August 2017

A Heritage Week 2017 Event Hosted by Moycullen Historical Society

Ordnance Survey of Ireland Discovery Series 1: 50000 map shows the esker (orange dotted line) crossing the landscape from Killanin to Tullykyne.
from "Galway's Living Landscapes - Part 1: Eskers" - Galway County Council
Limestone faced Scoil Naomh Bride, Tullach Ui Chadhain, built in 1862, with a post 2000 annex on right. A Victorian cast-iron post box (with VR initials) is set into the front wall. Royal Mail post boxes were painted bronze-green from 1859 until 1874 when the red colour became standard. Post boxes in Ireland were painted green after the Irish Free State was established in 1922.
Ronan Hennessy
Thick layers of fine yellow silts exposed in an esker cutaway provide an ideal habitat for sandmartins to build nest holes. The road is just above the grass overlyng the silt layers.
Ronan Hennessy
Six spot burnet moth on the esker near the Ower junction
Caitriona Carlin

an esker inside and out

Event Date:  Saturday, 19th August 2017
Time:  10am
Duration:  2 – 2.5 hours
Meeting Point:  Tullykyne National School

Free Event
Event suitable for children under 12

Partial Wheelchair access
Car Parking available

learn from expert guides

Join Prof. Martin Feely, Geologist and Dr. Caitriona Carlin Ecologist, both based at NUIG, for an encounter in the esker landscape Tullykyne to Killanin – the only esker on the west side of the Corrib.

geology, ecology & local history

Listen to Martin to find out how and when eskers were formed and what they are made of.  Hear from Caitriona how that influences the wealth of wildlife associated with eskers and learn some facts about historical sites in the vicinity.


We will set off from Tullykyne National School at 10.00am and finish for refreshments and complimentary access at Brigit’s Garden.  The distance is about 4.5km. As we will stop along the way to look at the esker profile and point out plants and animals, also noting sites of historical interest, the walk will take about 2 – 2.5 hours.

Car parking available at Tullykyne School and transport will be available to take you back to your car from Brigit’s Garden after the event.

Please do dress for the weather, bring water and suncream if necessary. All are welcome, children must be accompanied by an adult.


To enable us manage attendance numbers and transport, we would ask that you please book for this free event

text/phone:   087 4364699
email:             [email protected]

Click here for further events in our Heritage Week 2017 Calendar

This page was added on 16/05/2017.

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