Celtic Mist arrives in new home port of Kilrush, Co Clare

By Dr. Simon Berrow

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 flotilla 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, local musicians 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 newest 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 voluntary help to get Celtic mist ready for next season. Contact celticmist@iwdg.ie if you can help.

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