Irish Fossils

Explore Ireland's Fossil Heritage

Ireland’s landscape is made up of rocks that were formed over hundreds of millions of years. These rocks contain clues about the ancient Earth and its different environments. Some of these rocks contain fossils, which are the remains of plants and animals that lived millions of years ago. Ireland’s rich fossil heritage spans over 500 million years of Earth history and includes some of the earliest evidence for fossil animals and for life on land. 

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Find out more about Ireland's fossils and geological history on these sites


National Museum NI




Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark








Ireland's Fossil Heritage

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, T23 TK30,