|Marine Month of Madness 2012!|
Galway’s Marine Month of Madness
This year's Marine Month of Madness will run from the 12th May to the 10th June. Marine Month of Madness is a series of events in which local organisations and people come together to celebrate Galway and Ireland's Marine traditions and resources. Partner organisations include: Irish Wildlife Trust, Ryan Institute at NUI Galway, Galway City Council, Marine Institute, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Spideal Dive School, DERI at NUI Galway, Galway Dive School, Glan Suas Gaillimh, Galway Kayak Club, Galway Dive Club, Galway Atlantaquaria and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group.
Marine Month of Madness lecture series
Wednesday the 16th May at 7.00pm: “Sea, winds and tides in Galway Bay: long-term changes & local communities” by Prof. Michael O'Connell, NUI Galway
Wednesday the 23rd May at 7.00pm: "Fishing Gears of the Galway Fleet – How do they catch the Fish?” by Dr. Peter Tyndall, BIM
Wednesday the 30th May at 7.00pm: "Flora, fauna, intrigue and mystery. Tales from the Galapagos" by Dr. Pauhla McGrane, GMIT
Wednesday the 6th June at 7.00pm: "Dolphins in Decline: Why we should care and what we should do" Jaimie-Leigh Jonker, NUI Galway
Litter is more than just an eyesore; it is a global issue that represents a major threat to many vulnerable species. It is estimated that globally, over a million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles die every year from entanglement or ingestion of plastics. As part of Marine Month of Madness, Galway City Council and Glan Suas Gaillimh are looking for volunteers to help clean up our local canals as part of an Taisce's Cleancoast week. If you are interested in helping call down to Fisheries Field at 11am on the 19th May. All are welcome. Suitable clothes should be worn and bags, pickers, gloves etc will be provided.
Canoe Polo Demonstration - Saturday & Sunday the 2nd & 3rd June in the Claddagh Basin
Taking place on Salthill beach on June 9th, people will have a chance to watch a demonstration by Galway Dive Club and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group as they practise how they would refloat a stranded whale.
The Galway celebrations will be held on Sunday the 10th June from 11am to 5pm at Galway Atlantaquaria. A family fun day with activities for all ages is planned for between 11 – 5pm. Reduced admission prices will apply on the day. Partner organisations including the Ryan Institute at the National University of Ireland Galway, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Marine Institute, Spideal Dive School(www.spidealdiveschool.com), Irish Wildlife Trust and the Irish Whale & Dolphin Group will combine for a fun day for people of all ages. The partner organisations will have iinteractive stands to engage young and old, while arts & crafts, face painting, story telling and science experiments will captivate the children.
This World Ocean Day celebrations are being run simultaneously with European Fish Week – OCEAN2012 and the Love Your Aquarium week organised by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
Bubble Club and Try Dives
The two Dive schools in Galway are celebrating Marine Month of Madness. Galway Dive School www.divegalway.com and Spideal Dive School www.spidealdiveschool.com are both offering special rates throughout the month. So if you always wanted to try out diving, now is your chance!