Laois’ geology explored in new book

‘THE Geology of Laois and Offaly’ is the latest book by John Feehan and is set to be published soon, but those who can’t wait can pre order their copy of the book by contacting the Laois Heritage Office for an order form.

‘THE Geology of Laois and Offaly’ is the latest book by John Feehan and is set to be published soon, but those who can’t wait can pre order their copy of the book by contacting the Laois Heritage Office for an order form.

There are signed copies available at a special pre-publication price of €35. The book is being published by Offaly County Council in association with Laois County Council and the Geological Survey of Ireland.

The last thirty years have seen much new research on the geology of Laois and Offaly, shedding new light on – and providing fascinating new insights into – the landscape heritage of the two counties.

John Feehan has remained in close touch with this research since his own work on Slieve Bloom as a post-graduate student in the Department of Geology at Trinity College in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

In this magnificent volume John now brings all of this research together for a general readership, and relates it to the broader cultural heritage of Laois and Offaly in a chapter that looks at geology in peoples’ lives.

Separate chapters review the story of the two counties through the successive geological epochs that have a bearing on their evolution.

A special chapter written in collaboration with Donal Daly of the Environmental Protection Agency (and like John himself a native of Offaly) looks at the geology of water.

A special feature of the book is the six specially commissioned paintings illustrating different periods in the geological evolution of Laois and Offaly, by Offaly-based artist Jock Nicol, reproduced here as two page full colour plates.

The paintings themselves will be exhibited during the launch of the book.

The Geology of Laois and Offaly is published in hard cover format, some 400 pages long, 21cm x 31cm (Portrait) size, profusely illustrated throughout in full colour. To find out more visit www.laois.ie.