Explore Your Area – For Free!

We are delighted to offer a FREE* hybrid (online plus in person field trip) course that will take you step-by-step through the available online sources that will allow you to paint a picture of the geological, archaeological, and historical events that happened close to where you live.
While the course will look at examples from throughout Ireland, it will focus on the geology, archaeology and history of the Dún Laoghaire – Rathdown. As such the course is aimed toward residents of the area (who will be given preference for available course places) as well as enthusiasts of natural and cultural heritage.
The course will be delivered through five online tutorials every Wednesday over five weeks commencing Wednesday 18th October 2023.
We will begin by looking at the very bedrock under your feet, examining the geological processes and glacial events that shaped the landscape and formed the soils. The course then focuses on the impacts of humans on that landscape over time, from pre-history to the last century.
The first workshop includes a summary of the course content and format. A list of resources/links will be sent to the participants so that they can study their own locality.
Workshops 1-5 will each teach an aspect of Irish geology, archaeology and history, and go through a series of fabulous online resources, allowing the participants to build a picture of their home over time.
Workshop 5 will comprise a wrap-up, outlining the information obtained by the participants which can be utilised to tell the geology, archaeology, and history of their localities.
On Saturday 4th November, we will go on a field trip to explore the landscape, archaeology of a local heritage gem (the place and exact time are TBC), but it will be in the late morning (c. 11am-1pm), and we will try to include a nice coffee shop at the end 🙂
* on behalf of the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire Rathdown, through funding from Creative Ireland
Course Details:


Course Dates and Times: October 18 – November 15. Five sessions (6.45pm – 8.30pm GMT) in total on October 18, 25 and November 1, 7 and 15.
Where: From your home!
Equipment: You will need access to the internet and a device (preferably a laptop or PC)
Field trip: The course will include a field trip in the local area (venue TBC) on Saturday 4th November, 1am – 1pm.
Enrolment Status: OPEN
Course Type: Local Geology/Archaeology/History
Instructor: Dr Stephen Mandal
Cost: FREE
Application Deadline: n/a (until fully booked)
Steps to enjoy the weekly Know Your Locality course:


The series consists of five specialist online tutorials.
  1. Sign up (click the ‘Register here’ button below and fill out the simple form)*
  2. Receive the link to the first tutorial 24 hours before the live zoom session
  3. Watch the online tutorials from the comfort of your home
  4. Discover your local area with the online sources provided in the course
* Please note that places are strictly limited on this course. While the course if free please only register if you are committed to attending, as otherwise you will be taking someone else’s place.
Safety Notice:


The course may bring to your attention some really interesting findings about your local area. Please bear the following in mind if exploring your area:
Never enter private land without permission and please be aware of any risks in entering a monument or accessing it, such as crossing a field containing livestock.
It is an offence to interfere with an archaeological site and/or to search for archaeological objects using a metal detector without written consent from the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (see also: https://www.museum.ie/en-IE/Collections-Research/The-Law-on-Metal-Detecting-in-Ireland).
Many archaeological sites may be in an unstable or ruinous condition, do not place yourself at risk or break any advisory or safety notices for any reason, such as a hope of getting ‘a better photo’!