Whale Watch Ireland 2016, Sat. 27th August

13th Jul 2016

Whale Watch Ireland 2016, Saturday 27th August

Members of the public and visitors are invited to join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group at 20 headlands around the coast for free, guided land-based whale watches on Sat. 27th August between 2:00-5:00 pm.

The purpose of All Ireland whale watch day is to raise awareness of the 25 species of cetaceans (porpoises, dolphins and whales) recorded to date in all Irish waters, by giving IWDG members and the public an opportunity to join us looking for and observing some of these wonderful marine mammals in their natural environment.  This event also provides IWDG researchers with a unique snapshot of whale and dolphin activity around the Irish coast.

This annual, all-island event, organized by the IWDG in association with Inis Cologne www.inisfragrance.com is free and open to all.    All watches are land-based and will be led by experienced IWDG researchers, enthusiasts and whale watchers, who will show you how to observe and identify some of the more commonly recorded cetacean species seen in Irish waters.  

You should bring binoculars or a spotting scope and dress appropriately for outdoor conditions.  There are no boat trips involved, and there is of course no guarantee that you will see whales or dolphins at your chosen site; but at last year’s event whales or dolphins were recorded at 15 of 20 sites (75%). So if the weather is suitable on the day, you’ve quite a good chance of seeing some really interesting marine wildlife, and in the process you’ll be supporting whale and dolphin conservation in Ireland.

Please contact your local organizer for further details (see below) or visit the IWDG website www.iwdg.ie for the latest information on whale and dolphin sightings and strandings in Irish waters.

Whale Watch Ireland, will once again be part of Heritage Week, coordinated by the Heritage Council www.heritagecouncil.ie



Any media enquiries to:

Pádraig Whooley, IWDG, Phone: 086- 3850568 or email: padraig.whooley@iwdg.ie



Full event details below:

Location                        Meeting Point                Watch Leader     Contact

Cloger Hd, Co. Louth           Port Oriel Upr Car Park            Breffni Martin             087-9145363

Howth Hd., North Dublin,     Balscadden Car Park,              Conal O’ Flanagan      086 3537900

Killiney Bay, South Dublin,   Vico Road,                             Brian Glanville            087-1390665

Bray Hd., Co. Wicklow,        Pitch & putt,                          Justin Ivory                087-6833898

Hook Hd, Co. Wexford,         Lighthouse                             Harm Deenen            086 3485013

Ardmore, Co. Waterford,       Ram Hd Signal tower              Andrew Malcolm        087-7952061

Galley Hd., Co. Cork,           Lighthouse,                            Pádraig Whooley        086-3850568

Hog’s Head, Kerry               Sea Synergy Ctr., Waterville    Lucy Hunt                  087-7850929

Valentia Island., Kerry           Bray Hd. Signal Tower           Sean O’ Callaghan      085-7764918

Clogher Hd. Co. Kerry,          Layby,                                   Nick Massett             087-6736341

Loop Hd., Co. Clare,              Lighthouse,                           Simon Berrow            086-8545450

Black Hd, North Clare,           Lighthouse,                            Sandra O’ Donovan    086-6061869

Downpatrick Hd, Co. Mayo,    Car Park,                              Aoife Foley                085 827 6984

Mullaghmore Hd, Co. Sligo,    lay-by,                                  Miriam Crowley          087-6171377

Bloody Foreland, Co. Donegal,   Heights Bar car park          Gareth Doherty           086-2223328

Malin Head, Co. Donegal,       Signal Tower,                        Ronan Mc Laughlin     086-3893154

Ramore Hd, Co. Antrim,         Portrush Coastal Zone            Jim Allen                   078 76516032

Portmuck, Co. Antrim,           Car park,                               Ian Enlander               028-93372724

Bloody Bridge, Co. Down,      Car park,                               Dave Wall                  077 71762355