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20th January 2011

Aerial Survey of Whales Begins

The first ever Air Corps survey of whale and dolphin activity in Irish waters is set to begin today, the Irish Times reports.
A survey team accompanied by members of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) were scheduled to take off from Casement Aerodrome this morning headed for the southeast coast, where humpback whales have recently been sighted near Curracloe and Hook Head.
According to the IWDG, 19 whale and dolphin species have been recorded in Irish waters since 1948, the most common sightings being harbour porpoises.
The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

The first ever Air Corps marine animal survey of whale and dolphin activity in Irish waters is set to begin today, the Irish Times reports.

A survey team accompanied by members of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) were scheduled to take off from Casement Aerodrome this morning headed for the southeast coast, where humpback whales have recently been sighted near Curracloe and Hook Head.

According to the IWDG, 19 whale and dolphin species have been recorded in Irish waters since 1948, the most common sightings being harbour porpoises.

The Irish Times has more on the story HERE.

Published in Marine Wildlife
Tributes have been paid to one of the Irish Coast Guard's longest serving and most experienced air-sea rescue crew member, according to Lorna Siggins of The Irish Times.

Noel Donnelly (55), who is retiring after more than 30 years' service, worked as winchman and paramedic. He completed his last shift at the Sligo Coast Guard search and rescue base last week and retires officially this month.

Originally from Tyrone, Mr Donnelly began his career with the Air Corps, flying in Alouette and Puma helicopters. He left in 1984 to take a job as a diver with a civil engineering firm in Aberdeen, Scotland, and subsequently worked as an ambulance driver in Co Kildare. For more about this article please click here

Published in Coastguard

Air Corps firing exercises and Air Defence artillery firing exercises on Tuesday 27th July 2010  From 0900hrs to 1800hrs At Gormanstown, Co. Meath it is dangerous for persons, shipping, livestock or aircraft etc. to be within the danger area while firing is in progress.


The danger area comprises the lands of Gormanstown Aerodrome and the air and sea area contained within a circle having a radius of 3NM (5.4KM) centred on Gormanstown Aerodrome with an additional area contained within the segment centred on Gormanstown Aerodrome and bearing 015°T, through Mosney Railway Station and 106°T, through Gormanstown Railway Station seaward for the distance of 10NM (18.5KM) The danger area extends from sea level to a height of 12,000ft.


red flags will be flown at Ben Head and Gormanstown Railway Station when exercises are taking place.
objects found on the ranges may be highly dangerous and the public are warned of the risk of handling or interfering with such objects.


No reward of any kind will be made for the finding of objects of a military nature on the ranges.


MICHAEL HOWARD
SECRETARY GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE
DUBLIN 7

Published in Marine Warning
An Air Corps maritime patrol aircraft made an emergency landing at Kerry Airport yesterday. The Casa aircraft had been on maritime patrol off the southwest coast with six personnel on board when smoke was detected in the cabin. The aircraft diverted to Farranfore, where it landed without incident at 10.55am.
Published in Coastguard
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