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04 May 2022: Down to Earth: The Geological Survey of Ireland hosts a Geology Open Day at the National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks.

Down to Earth- Exploring Ireland's Geology
Date: 07 May 2022- 11am – 4pm
Location: National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks.
The Geological Survey of Ireland and their partners, the education Dept. of the National Museum of Ireland- Natural History invite you to attend the Down to Earth Geology Open Day. Join us for what is sure to be a fun and science-filled day for all the family. With activities starting at 11am-4pm on Saturday the 7th of May at the National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks. Admission is free.

Geological Survey Ireland scientists will be at the National Museum of Ireland- Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks to bring land and seabed mapping to life, to show the importance of groundwater, and reveal the secrets of Irish fossils. They will be joined by DIAS (Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies), iCRAG, Met √Čireann, and Teagasc to answer all your questions on earthquakes, the metals we need for life, weather and flooding, and soil. Bring your favourite rock or fossil to have them identified by a National Museum of Ireland geologist, and join ReCreate to design art from used materials.

This Open Day is organised jointly by the Geological Survey Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland, the open day takes its inspiration from 'Down to Earth- Exploring Ireland’s Geology' currently on exhibition.

Commenting on the upcoming Open Day event, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamon Ryan TD, said:
“I am delighted to see the success of the Down to Earth exhibition by Geological Survey Ireland and the National Museum of Ireland. When I opened this exhibition last September, we were still under Covid-19 restrictions and it was not possible for the public to fully experience and enjoy it. This Open Day will bring together various science organisations, at national level, to showcase how our planet and our natural environment works. The exhibition will also highlight how we must understand and learn from our surroundings, to live sustainably. This exhibition shows that we can all be Earth scientists, by observing the world around us.”
“This exhibition also shows the importance of protecting our natural resources – by conserving and re-using materials already in our economy. By careful management of our natural resources, we can support the development of Ireland’s Circular Economy.”

Lynn Scarff, Director of the National Museum of Ireland commented on the upcoming open day as follows:

‘We are excited to bring this day of science-filled events to families that will explore the geology of our planet. Our Down to Earth exhibition was developed in partnership with the Geological Survey of Ireland and this day of events and workshops will offer many ways to explore and discover topics connected to Ireland’s geology in a fun, hands on and engaging way. We’re looking forward to meeting young and aspiring geologists as well as those curious to find out more about what geology is all about”

Drop in and join scientists from Geological Survey Ireland, Teagasc, Met √Čireann, Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, and iCRAG to grow your own crystals, make your own earthquakes, see how we predict flooding, and map the seabed. Join a creative exploration workshop with ReCreate Ireland, making and creating using sustainable materials and immersing yourself and your family in the fascinating world of geology.
Booking is not required, drop in to Collins Barracks from 11am on Saturday the 7th May, 2022.
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About the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History
The National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History is located at one of Dublin’s most impressive, historic sites. This former military barracks is home to two fascinating and completely diverse collections. Decorative arts encompasses silver, ceramics, glassware, furniture, clothing, jewellery and coins while the military history collection tells of Ireland’s military and revolutionary past. Admission is free.
Instagram:  @nationalmuseumofireland

About the Geological Survey of Ireland

Founded in 1845, Geological Survey Ireland is Ireland's public earth science knowledge centre and is a division of the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications.
The GSI is committed to providing free, open and accurate data and maps on Ireland's subsurface to landowners, the public, industry, and all other stakeholders, within Ireland and internationally. 
In addition, the GSI act as a project partner in interpreting data and developing models and viewers to allow people to understand underground. 
The GSI deal with a diverse array of topics including bedrock, groundwater, seabed mapping, natural disasters, and public health risks. 
Twitter: @GeolSurvIE

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