IWDG Humpback Whale Expedition

Ireland - Iceland 2018

On the Trail of the Whale - Library Tour

A moment to look back on the success o the Trail of the Whale Library tour delivered this winter. Special thanks to Pamela Cullen for organising the tour and for Inis for funding. We will be building new stories now for telling next winter.

Do join us at the IWDG and build your own story. 

Film produced by Canola Pictures on behalf of the IWDG. #canolapictures

In May 2018, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group left Dublin embarking on an expedition to Iceland on its research vessel Celtic Mist.

Four women and four men; a retired school teacher, a surgeon, a parks ranger along IT specialists and a farmer from Kildare were onboard and skippered by a project manager from Arklow.

During the next six weeks, 30 members from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group, of all ages and from all walks of life sailed Celtic Mist 4,500 km around the Icelandic coast and even into the Arctic Circle before returning her back to Dublin via the Faroe Islands and Scotland.



Celtic Mist off the Snaesfellness Peninsular, Iceland © Wouter Jan Strietland

They went in search of humpback whales, one of the most enigmatic species in the world’s oceans. Humpback whales are increasing in Irish waters and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group want to know where are they coming from or going to ! Ireland and Iceland share this whale population and we wanted to improve our knowledge of their ecology and build relationships between our two island nations. But the crew came back with more than they bargained for!

Many experiences were shared by those who sailed Celtic Mist on this ambitious expedition. Many special moments were had with people and wildlife that will stay with these everyday mariners for the rest of their days.

A collection of images, stories and videos will be presented, by the skippers, scientists and crew who ventured on this “Trail of the Whale“ expedition to Iceland.


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Humpback whales fluking in Skalfandi Bay, Iceland © Pádraig Whooley


Celtic Mist Crew © Seamus McGearailt


IWDG will visit 20 venues throughout the island of Ireland including two offshore islands.

Join us for the launch of this nationwide library tour in the Lexicon, Dun Laoghaire on January 14th and thereafter at a venue near you.


Suitable for all ages and free to everybody, families welcome







January Time      
Monday 14th 7pm The Lexicon Dun Laoghaire Dublin
Thursday 17th  7pm Bangor Carnegie Library Bangor, NI Down
Tuesday 22nd 7pm National Aquarium Galway Galway
Thursday 24th  7pm Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre Tralee Kerry
Monday 28th  7pm Monaghan Town Library Monaghan Town Monaghan
Thursday 31st 7pm Arklow Library Arklow Wicklow
February Time      
Wednesday 6th 6pm Warrenpoint Library Warrenpoint, Newry, NI Down
Thursday 7th  7pm Poolbeg Yacht Club & Marina Dublin Dublin
Monday 11th 7pm Castletownbere Library Castletownbere,  Cork
Thursday 14th 7:30pm Clonakilty Library Clonakilty Cork
Tuesday 19th 7pm Killarney Library Killarney Kerry
Monday 25th  6:30pm Culturlann Sweeney  Kilkee  Clare
Wednesday 27th 6pm Gweedore Library - Evening  Gweedore Donegal
Thursday 28th  7pm Star of the Sea Conference Centre Mullaghmore Sligo
March Time      
Monday 4th 7pm Portmagee Community Centre‚Äč Portmagee  Kerry
Friday 8th 8pm Áras Éanna Arts Centre CANCELLED Inis Óirr  Galway
Tuesday 12th 7pm Copper Coast Geopark Bunmahon  Waterford
Thursday 14th 7pm  Community Centre Clare Island Mayo
Thursday 21st 6pm Castlebar Library Castlebar Mayo
Friday 22 March 8pm Áras Éanna Arts Centre Inis Óirr  Galway
Thursday 28th 8pm Nenagh Arts Centre Nenagh Tipperary

Contact pamela.cullen@iwdg.ie for more information 

In partnership with and Canola Pictures  https://www.patreon.com/canolapictures



Crew off Hornstrandir, West Fljords, Iceland © Frances Bermingham