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IWDG, Whale-watching Weekend Courses, Summer 2014

Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork
The IWDG are holding two whale-watching courses this summer on Cape Clear on: July 11-13 & September 12-14th. These will be led by Pádraig Whooley, who can be contacted at Ph: 086-3850568, email: padraig.whooley@iwdg.ie for enquiries or bookings. The weekends are open to IWDG members and non-members alike. To ensure attention to detail, places will be limited to 20 people on a deposit only basis.

As these courses are popular and accommodation is limited on Cape Clear during summer, early bookings are recommended.

IF YOU ARE GOING ON THE COURSE, WHY NOT BOOK CAPE CLEAR ACCOMMODATION NOW?

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The Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival opened with two of the world's most famous bards hailing Irish folklore as amongst the richest on the planet.

The festival, now in its 19th year, has earned a worldwide reputation for the island 13km off the west Cork coast with American Tim Tingle and Italian Paola Balbi admitting they were honoured to be invited.

“The idea is to tell the story in such a way and in such a place as the stones will speak,” Paola said.

The Italian storyteller, who lives in Rome, said there was now a growing interest amongst people in stories that linkedthem to their place, their culture, their people and their history

 

….More at Once upon a time . . . storytellers hit island for folklore festival – Irish Independent

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We then headed to Cape Clear, a small island, for lunch. The island has a population of only 100 and is an Irish-speaking place.

The sail into the small harbour was made in glorious sunshine before a beautiful lunch of the freshest seafood served with some great Irish bread. We took the short tour around the island and saw many of the guillemots, cormorants and storm petrels that make the island a prime birdwatching destination for so many##

 

 

 

….More at South-west coast of Ireland is a real gem for fine dining in a beautiful location – Scottish Daily Record

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All those who appreciate Cape Clear Island will be very interested in a series of four TV programs entitled Ar an Oileán to be broadcast on RTE 1 from Monday 12 November at 7.30 pm.

 This is a series about Cape Clear Island and Inis Meáin and we are given to understand that it presents a great image of the Island. Filmed over an entire year the series offers a glimpse of contemporary island life throughout the seasons.

Should be good, pass the word………….

J & M

ENDS

…More at Ar an Oileán ( On the Island)

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Found this, someone might be interested…..

If you’d like to learn more about the whales and dolphins around Ireland’s coasts, what to look for and how to identify them, then this is the course for you.

At €90 per person including a year’s IWDG membership (€70 for current IWDG members) it’s great value for money too.

(NB. course fee includes a series of classroom based workshops and guided land-based watches from Cape Clear’s spectacular headlands. It does not include the ferry to Cape Clear, accommodation, food or optional pelagic boat trip)

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 Ecology Course

 July 9th – 13th – Course fee €200

Deposit of €50 required, balance payable on arrival on Island

 

 

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Become an islander for a weekend on the 23rd and 24th June as the main islands of West Cork invite people of all ages to explore all that is on offer letting visitors during this weekend only avail of islander discounts on ferries and cable car (Dursey Island) transportation as well as special rates on accommodation.

Taking part in this scheme are Cape Clear Island, Heir Island, Sherkin Island, Long Island, Bere Island, Dursey Island, Whiddy Island and Garinish Island (the only one without accommodation)

 

 

….More at Become an Islander for a weekend with a trip to West Corks Islands

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I thought that this was worth mentioning because of the subject AND the Author, both important to Cape Clear Island.

Steve Wing and his helpers has been collecting, inputting and collating all of the natural history records at the Obs on Cape Clear.

This work is now nearing completion and a new book is on the horizon – Cape Clear Bird Observatory 1959 – 2010.

Steve has asked that people check out his blog at http://capeclearbirdobservatory.blogspot.com/  and partake in his poles that will help determine how many to get printed etc.

Please give Steve and the book all the help you can.

Thanks.
…More at New book about Cape Clear Bird Observatory

 

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Came across A lovely blog post on the joys of a bird watching visit to Cape Clear Island in May 2012, by Graham Clarke. Well worth a read for a good description of the experience.

For the full exciting story, click on the link below

 

 

…More at Graham Clarke’s Blog: A short visit to Cape

 

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