Rare Visitors Arrive in Cobh Ahead of Regatta Weekend

By Seamus Whelehan

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A ‘flipping’ good time is expected in Cobh this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the arrival of a pod of dolphins to the inner harbour ahead of the Cobh People’s Regatta 2018.

The playful creatures have been spotted frolicking off the town’s Promenade, where the majority of onshore events will take place this weekend, 17-19 August. The pod of up to 10 bottlenose dolphins have been putting on a remarkable marine display over the past few days.

Sarah O’Connor (PRO, Cobh Regatta), said the spectacular exhibition of nature can only add to the packed Regatta Programme, both on and off the water.  “For anyone on the water this weekend it’s an added bonus and a sign of good weather. Hopefully they’ll stay around to listen to J90 and Clockwork Orange over the festive few days.”

Padraig Whooley (Sightings Officer with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group) said “while dolphins are a regular visitor to the harbour, they are rarely spotted this far in.  “There has been a resident group in the waters off Cobh for at least a decade, regularly spotted between Roche’s Point and Camden Fort Mayer on a weekly or daily basis. For the individual, it’s probably unusual to see them in the waters off the promenade” he said.

Scientists at the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group are encouraging the public to report sightings, whether from land or sea.   Porpoise spotters are asked to upload a photograph and report time and location by emailing sightings@iwdg.ie

The 2018 Regatta will start on Friday 17 August with a performance by the Sinead Shepard School of Dance, followed by Eithne Burke’s Mini-Oscars dance troupe.  At 8:45pm the public will also get to see the 2018 Regatta Queen contestants. The Cassettes Band will also feature on the night.  On Saturday, 18 August there will be twelve full hours of nonstop entertainment from 11am to 11pm.Sunday 19 August sees the arrival of the cruise ship Royal Princess at 8am at the deep water quay, with live entertainment provided by the Molgoggers on the main stage from 10.30am.Water based activities begin at 1:30pm with Class 1 Cruisers Lipton Cup, Class 2 Cruisers Spotlight Trophy, Class 3 Regatta salver, Class 4 Cruisers Regatta Cup and Class 1720 Regatta Salver.

This will be followed by a monster fireworks display on Sunday night, traditionally marking the end of summer for the harbour area

A ‘flipping’ good time is expected in Cobh this Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the arrival of a pod of dolphins to the inner harbour ahead of the Cobh People’s Regatta 2018.

The playful creatures have been spotted frolicking off the town’s Promenade, where the majority of onshore events will take place this weekend, 17-19 August. The pod of up to 10 bottlenose dolphins have been putting on a remarkable marine display over the past few days.

Sarah O’Connor (PRO, Cobh Regatta), said the spectacular exhibition of nature can only add to the packed Regatta Programme, both on and off the water.  “For anyone on the water this weekend it’s an added bonus and a sign of good weather. Hopefully they’ll stay around to listen to J90 and Clockwork Orange over the festive few days.”

Padraig Whooley (Sightings Officer with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group) said “while dolphins are a regular visitor to the harbour, they are rarely spotted this far in.  “There has been a resident group in the waters off Cobh for at least a decade, regularly spotted between Roche’s Point and Camden Fort Mayer on a weekly or daily basis. For the individual, it’s probably unusual to see them in the waters off the promenade” he said.

Scientists at the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group are encouraging the public to report sightings, whether from land or sea.   Porpoise spotters are asked to upload a photograph and report time and location by emailing sightings@iwdg.ie

The 2018 Regatta will start on Friday 17 August with a performance by the Sinead Shepard School of Dance, followed by Eithne Burke’s Mini-Oscars dance troupe.  At 8:45pm the public will also get to see the 2018 Regatta Queen contestants. The Cassettes Band will also feature on the night.  On Saturday, 18 August there will be twelve full hours of nonstop entertainment from 11am to 11pm.Sunday 19 August sees the arrival of the cruise ship Royal Princess at 8am at the deep water quay, with live entertainment provided by the Molgoggers on the main stage from 10.30am.Water based activities begin at 1:30pm with Class 1 Cruisers Lipton Cup, Class 2 Cruisers Spotlight Trophy, Class 3 Regatta salver, Class 4 Cruisers Regatta Cup and Class 1720 Regatta Salver.

This will be followed by a monster fireworks display on Sunday night, traditionally marking the end of summer for the harbour area.

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