3rd Year Geography Trip March 2016

A great time was had by all on the 3rd year geography trip to the Burren. We enjoyed a farm visit with sheep herding, obstacle courses, archery and butter churning. We visited the Ailwee caves, Cliffs of Moher and Doolin caves. We took part in 5 a side soccer and a 3 hour surfing lesson on Lahinch Beach

Thanks to everyone for taking part in a fantastic weekend.



Geography Field Study 2015

As part of the Leaving Certificate Geography programme, students must undertake a field study worth 25% of their total grade.

On the 5th and 6th of November, 6th year students (and teachers) had an early start to their day as they had to make the 2 hour journey to Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh at 6:30 a.m.

This year, the students had to examine “how a weir at the Larganess River impacts the natural processes on a meander”.

As part of the study, the students had to measure the channel width, depth and velocity using various types of equipment and measured bedload size at various stages across the river channel.

The students had to discuss how and why the weir has altered the natural processes of the river and what the consequences were as a result of the weir.

Here at the De La Salle, we were very impressed with the programme conducted by Derrygonnelly Field Investigation centre and an enjoyable but productive day was had by all.

Thank you to this years 6th Year geography teachers, Ms. Delaney, Ms. Hoyne, Ms. Landy and Mr. McArdle for accompanying the students on the field investigation.



Third Year Geography Trip

46 third year students enjoyed a trip to the west aimed at preparing them for their Junior Certificate exam in June.

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY: Cliffs of Moher      (coastal erosion)   Lahinch Beach        (coastal deposition)     Ailwee/Doolin Caves  (underground Karst features)

 SOCIAL GEOGRAPHY:   Lisdoonvarna   (Urban Functions)   Lahinch              (Population change)

 ECONOMIC GEOGRAPHY: Visit to Farm    (Primary Economic Activity)    Surfing              (Tertiary Economic Activity)

See slideshow above for some pictures from the trip.

6th year Geography Fieldtrip

The 6th year Geography classes in De La Salle completed their Geographical Investigation at the Derrygonnelly Field Study Centre, in County Fermanagh, in November 2014. The title of the investigation was ‘An investigation of erosion in a fluvial environment’ and the class visited two sites along the course of the River Silles, one in the Upper and one in the Middle course. The class was divided into groups of five and each group carried out the measurement of the width, depth, speed, bed load size and velocity at each of the two sites.

In the afternoon after lunch, the class, under the guidance of instructors Chris and Shannen, carried out calculations and analysis of the data collected. They completed graphs and tables and will continue to write up the field study in class over the next few weeks. The completed project accounts for 20% of their final mark in Geography in the Leaving Cert. (2015).


Ms. Delany, Ms. Mc Bride, Mr. O’Náraigh and Mr. Mc Guinness accompanied the students and assisted on the field trip.

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