Celtic Mist arrives in new home port of Kilrush, Co Clare18th Jul 2011 Celtic Mist arrives in Kilrush
Celtic Mist the new flagship of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group successfully arrived into Kilrush Creek Marina at the weekend.
A large crowd gathered at Kilrush Creek Marina on Saturday afternoon to greet Celtic Mist. Having anchored in Carriagholt the previous night she only had a short journey to Kilrush but strong winds and choppy seas still made it a tricky passage. A small floatilla including the IWDG RIB Muc Mhara and the Kilrush RNLI lifeboat escorted Celtic Mist into the channel leading to the marina.
As skipper Fiacc O'Brolchain walked up from the pontoons, localmusicians Josephine marsh and Mick Kinsella played hornpipes and Cllr Ian Lynch, Major of Kilrush, welcomed Fiacc, his crew and Celtic Mist to Kilrush. The weather held and all those present had a chance to look around Celtic Mist - Ireland's newset whale and dolphin research vessel.
Celtic Mist will stay in Kilrush until August when it will sail to Dingle for the Regatta before being lifted. During the winter it wil be fitted with additional berths, painted and have general maintenance including provision of scientific equipment. IWDG will require voluintary help to get Celtic mist ready for next season. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help.
Celtic Mist represets Ireland in Tall Ships Race
Celtic Mist the new flagship of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group was berthed in Waterford city for the Tall Ships weekend. Gifted to the IWDG in May 2011 by the family of a former Irish Prime Minister, Charles Haughey, who declared Irish waters a whale and dolphin sanctuary in 1991.
IWDG members Assumpta Halligan and Deirdre Slevin from Wexford presented the Tall Ships race communications ship, the Irish Naval vessel LE Aoife's Duty Officer James Doherty with a whale and dolphin identification guide book and poster for the ship's crew at the Waterford Tall Ships 2011.
Celtic Mist left Waterford on Sunday morning in glorious sunshine on passage down the River Suir for the Tall Ships Parade of Sail off Dunmore East watched by thousands of people from the river bank at Passage east, Duncannon and Dunmore East.
The Tall Ships fleet was reviewed by Flag Officer Commanding Naval Service Commodore Mark Mellet and Sean Flood Sail Training Ireland (Board) and a Goodwill Ambassador for Sail Training International past the LE Aoife. Over 1200 young people, many who have never been to sea before, are onboard the 50 tall Ships sailing to Greenock.
On board Celtic Mist are Captain Fiacc O'Brolchain, Gary Davis, Eithne Griffith and trainees Conor Ryan (24), Siobhan Ardener (19) from Killarney, Co Kerry, and Keith Cleere (19) from New Ross, Co Wexford.
The race started slowly at 15.00hrs, five miles south of the Hook Lighthouse in 10 knots of wind and blue skies and headed for the Irish Sea to Scotland.
The Celtic Mist crew will be encouraging other Tall Ships vessels and the public to report whale and dolphin sightings in online to their we