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Celtic Mist

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A contemporary shower room situated on the ground floor with large walk-in shower cubicle, hand basin, mirror, heated towel rail, WC and hairdryer To sail on the Celtic Mist recording and identifying individuals from the genetically distinct Bottlenose Dolphins populating the Shannon Estuary and nearby locations.

Growing up to 33 metres in length and weighing up to 178,000 Kg, the blue whale is the largest animal ever to have lived on earth. The north Atlantic population of this iconic great whale suffered massive persecution at the height of the whaling boom. Estimates suggest that the north Atlantic population may have dropped to as low as 400 animals. Numbers are thought to be recovering slowly, but they are still a rare sight. with the IWDG estimating that perhaps 30-50 individuals pass through Irish waters each year based on acoustic data. Monday night also revealed to us a great evil that had been walking, talking and working among us. Gathered around the table to play a round of Quirkle, a game that can only be described as the unexpectedly lovable child of scrabble and Uno, the crew discovered to our great horror the competitive and sly gameplay of First Mate Pearse who was both relentless and apathetic in his pursuit of victory. Only one man could assuage the barrage of entirely innocuous suffering put upon the crew by Pearse. Our saving grace, Paul, who made sure to humble Pearse at each turn and did so without even breaking a sweat. His thankless efforts ensured a sound night of sleep for the crew despite the roll of the boat on the waves. Skipper Pat Hartigan began his experience nearly 30 years ago learning about the sea out on fishing boats, completed the yacht master exams in the nineties and owned his own boat. An experienced yacht master instructor and twelve years frontline service with the Coast Guard Pat first skippered the Celtic Mist in 2016. Built in 1974 this 57-foot Ketch, formerly owned by Charles Haughey, was gifted to the IWDG in 2011. He was pleased with the performance of the boat and delighted to get a little bit of sailing during the week despite very little wind. Describing us as an eclectic mix Pat was happy with the crew which worked as a great team. The maiden voyage proved very successful as the team encountered twelve species of cetaceans from harbour porpoise to blue whales off the continental shelf edge. It didn't quite work like that. By the time the canon roared to get the race underway, the Irish racing yacht had half an Irish crew made up with some of our most experienced sailors.

There is a great interest amongst younger people,” Fiacc says. “There seems to be a lot more students in the third-level marine area than there were a few years ago, which is fantastic to see. The courses in our universities have improved enormously too, and become much more accessible. It’s very promising for the future.”

Despite the breathtaking seascapes like this that Celtic Mist travels through on a regular basis, however, it’s actually what happens inside the yacht that makes it so special. Ciara Morrin, a marine scientist from Galway, Ireland joined us onboard Celtic Mist for the first cruise of the 2023. Here she tells us about her experience onboard: Dunbrody.The State sail training brigantine Asgard II sank off the French coast in 2008, while neither of the other tall ships has been entered. According to Ron Holland, speaking to Weekend Review this week, he enjoyed working on the project. He still retains an abiding affection for Mr Desmond and Mr Haughey.

From 30,000 acorns to mighty oaks — with luck and a little help

She's not too nimble either and unless there was a decent wind to really fill the sails, the best option was a gutsy, utterly reliable, diesel engine to drive its single prop a modest seven or eight knots. I think that’s the biggest achievement of Celtic Mist, is that it’s getting people out on Irish waters and enabling them to discover what’s out there and to be part of scientific surveys,” Andrew adds. “So few people ever get to do that — even in a purely scientific context, most scientists do not work in the field. Providing a platform for young scientists and students of every kind, who may not otherwise have gotten this kind of valuable field experience… their sense of excitement and impending adventure is always tangible. I am immensely proud to have a part in that.” Knowledge and experience of marine mammal survey techniques, including visual data collection methods. Experience working as part of a team and ability to use your own initiative and work independently.

Contract: This is a part time role running from May – September with an average of 14 days a month. You will be required to work weekends and bank holidays. Full details on the working hours and schedule will be provided before starting the role. The last time Waterford hosted the race start, three Irish vessels represented the State in the sail past down the estuary to Dunmore East – the The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s (IWDG) recently relaunched research vessel the RV Celtic Mist has recorded an impressive 11 cetacean species on its maiden research and training voyage, including the elusive blue whale ( Balaenoptera musculus). Deliver talks on marine conservation and Marine Protected Area AOIs identified in the Fair Seas report Revitalising Our Seas to local communities.In the cool blue light of a Malahide morning, Celtic Mist didn't look quite as pretty as she had in the flattering Spanish sun. She needed refurbishment, a good overhaul and a paint job. In nautical terms she needed a refit, a vital bit of housekeeping to keep a vessel safe and seaworthy and to protect the significant initial investment. For many Irish people, however, it wasn't so long ago that the entire ocean itself held an all too mythical quality and that even its very real creatures — ones that we know and love today — were considered unimaginable.

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