The Lower Old Red Sandstone in southern Ireland is hosted in the Early Devonian Dingle Basin, which lies immediately south of the Iapetus Suture on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry. The basin developed as a post-Caledonian pull-apart structure prior to Acadian deformation, which in turn was followed by end-Carboniferous Variscan deformation. Detrital zircon U–Th–Pb geochronology is complemented by mica Ar–Ar and apatite U–Pb geochronology to gain a comprehensive understanding of the provenance of the Lower Devonian Lower Old Red Sandstone of the Dingle Basin and assess contributions of major tectonic components (e.g. Laurentia, Ganderia). Sedimentary rocks in the Lower Old Red Sandstone have similar detrital zircon age distributions, which are dominated by c. 1.2 Ga zircons as well as late Neoproterozoic grains. This indicates a dominant contribution of detritus of Laurentian affinity as well as contributions from westerly and southerly derived Ganderian detritus. Caledonian uplift of the area north of the Iapetus Suture would have facilitated a large contribution of (peri-)Laurentian material. The Upper Old Red Sandstone on the Dingle Peninsula has a distinctly different detrital zircon character including few late Neoproterozoic zircons and abundant zircons of c. 1.05 Ga age, indicating sediment derivation only from Laurentia and no recycling from the Lower Old Red Sandstone.
Supplementary material: The full detrital U–Pb zircon and apatite analytical dataset and the revised detrital mica age dataset are available at https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.c.3971862