Reflections and images on the Trail of the Whale2nd Feb 2019
Six counties, six venues, one month completed on the Trail of Whale - with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. There has been great support from local communities, great feedback and great evenings all round. From the launch in the mighty Lexicon theatre, Dún Laogháire to the county libraries of Monaghan and Arklow.
Big thanks to Pamela Cullen for putting the tour together, and to Tony Whelan for his unstinting dedication to the cause with back up from Frances Bermingham, Meadhbh Quinn and Trea Heapes.
Sínead Mongan who attended the evening in the National Aquarium in Galway sent us this poem after hearing our stories
Just a taste
Warm jets prick Icelandic brines,
shoals steal away to the north,
trawlers doze on rusting keels,
fishermen skipper fresh fortunes
on vessels of curiosity.
Snap happy through the sputtering
oily stench, overcooked fumes,
spyhoppers inspecting the other,
anything for a day-tripping peek
at yawning jaws of baleen corsetry
sifting lifeblood from sea.
Freshly flensed minke hauls
shipped from northern fjords
to Reykjavikian hotels, pans sizzle
poised to sear, to sate palates
and tongues of passers-through,
just a little taster platter.
Flukes and breaches already forgotten
as they disembark.
Now that we’ve seen them,
where can we taste them?
- Sinéad Mongan January 2019
Many thanks to Sinead
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