Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii reports in Ireland in 2005
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18th August Waterford City
A report with pictures of Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii from Waterford City. No further info available at moment.
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20th August south Co. Kilkenny
Kieran Fahy mentioned on IBN (Irish Bird Network) that he has in his possession a dead specimen of what he considers to be Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii. He mentions "Apparently it's been here (South Kilkenny) for a few days"

Brian Nelson mentions
"Whilst boltonii is of course the most likely Cordulegaster species to appear here, there are quite a  number of other European species which all look very similar  but with a specimen, firm species identification will be possible."

20th August Waterford City
Further info from Emma Walsh to Brian Nelson about the Waterford Sighting.

"The dragonfly came from Ferrybank in Waterford city, it was found near the building site I'm working on. The particular area in which we spotted it is located in a bog and a stones throw from a small stream which is very overgrown. She was in a little stream and her wings were covered in silt so we moved her in order that she would dry out and survive the machinery. The next morning when we returned she had presumably flown away, so unfortunately we have no actual dragonfly, only pictures. The site is very near to the river where the Tall Ships race recently visited."

The location of the south Kilkenny sighting as mentioned by Kieran Fahy "We are right on the river Suir so would be within sight of Waterford County"

Clearly the 2 sightings are in close proximity of each other and the Waterford City sighting may actually also be in Co. Kilkenny.

25th August
The south Kilkenny specimen has been confirmed as a female Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii, and is a different specimen than the Waterford City one, which is pictured above.
A brief history of Golden-ringed Dragonfly Cordulegaster boltonii in Ireland can be found on the DragonflyIreland website.
It is, till 2005, unconfirmed in Ireland. Considering it's distribution throughout most of western Britain, from Cornwall to NW Scotland, this is surprising,
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