The yacht was a gift to the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) from the Haughey family. After completing the leg from Waterford to Greenock, Scotland in the Tall Ships Race, Celtic Mist will sail for Kilrush.
Shannon Development is sponsoring the IWDG by providing a berth for Celtic Mist at Kilrush Creek Marina, seeing it as an important asset for West Clare. Finbarr Brougham of Shannon Development said: “We are delighted that IWDG secured Celtic Mist for Kilrush Creek Marina as it will provide a significant focal point of interest in the Marina and should attract a number of visitors to the yacht with the consequent knock-on effect to the town of Kilrush. We would like to take the opportunity of wishing the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group every success in relation to the future use of Celtic Mist.”
The yacht will be used for research and surveying for whales, dolphins and other marine wildlife in Ireland.
It will also be used for training people to carry out marine surveys including the use of acoustic monitoring with towed hydrophones
The public will be allowed go on board when the vessel berths at Kilrush.
As the cost of running a yacht like the Celtic Mist will be a major drain on scarce resources, the IWDG are looking for sponsors to help them fund its operation. Any interested parties can obtain further information by either contacting IWDG at www.iwdg.ie or phone them on 023 8838761 or 086 8545450.