The unsung role of port pilots has been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Galway harbourmaster Capt Brian Sheridan.
“Without the pilots, everything would stop - they really are a national asset,” Capt Sheridan has said.
Capt Sheridan was commenting as he confirmed that key supply lines are being kept open by ports during the pandemic.
"Without the pilots, everything would stop"
He said there had been an overwhelmingly positive response to the light beamed from Galway city’s Nimmo’s pier last weekend as part of the Shine-A-Light initiative broadcast on RTÉ television.
An aerial view of the beam, and of the illuminated port and city, was filmed by Electric Skyline (see vid below)