• Quarrying is the process of removing rock, sand, gravel or minerals from the ground.
  • Quarrying happens at or near the surface of the earth.
  • The materials extracted are used by the construction industry to build roads and buildings.

Environmental Impact

  • Large amounts of dust are created, which can cause air pollution.
  • Quarrying can also be a very noisy process, from the actual breaking of the rock to trucks coming and going, resulting in noise pollution for those living close to a quarry.

Economic Impact 

  • Quarrying has an important impact on the Irish economy.
  • There are around 10,000 people employed in quarrying in Ireland.
  • Irish quarries produce around 35 million tonnes of produce yearly.
  • Quarrying and mining in Ireland brings in over €1 billion for the Irish economy.