Whale Watch Ireland 2016, Sat. 27th August

16th Jun 2016

All–Ireland Whale Watch Day, “Whale-Watch Ireland 2016”...a date for the diary

Whale Watch Ireland 2016, Saturday 27th August, between 2:00 - 5:00pm

The early arrival of humpback whales and other species of whales and dolphins along the Irish coast seems like a good omen for this years All Island Whale Watch day which will be held on Saturday 27th August. Members of the public will be invited to join the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) at one of 20 land-based whale watches being held at headlands around the Irish coast between 2:00-5:00 pm.

The purpose of 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 in our search for 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 on the same day. 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. So if interested please pencil Saturday 27th August into your diary and join us on a local headland. Please contact your local organizer for further details (see below), and if you have a little free time, you may be willing and able to help out on the day by spotting or fielding questions from members of the public. 

This annual, all-island event, organized by the IWDG in association with Inis Cologne www.inisfragrance.com, is free and open to all.

Whale Watch Ireland, will once again be part of Heritage Week and each of of these 20 whale watch events is listed on 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

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