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For media queries please contact the Marine Institute Press Office:

Lisa Fitzpatrick, Communications Manager. Phone: +353 (091)1 387200
or mobile +353 87 2250871

Cushla Dromgool-Regan, Communications Office. Phone: +353 (091)1 387200  

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Recent Media Coverage

Marine Institute Blog

Welcome to the Marine Institute's official Research Vessels Blog Scientists@Sea This blog follows the work of Ireland's two national research vessels - RV Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager in their ongoing mission to study science and the sea.

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Marine Institute Media Highlights

Below are links to highlights of past media coverage of the Marine Institute.

Taoiseach Launches Plan to Double Ireland's Ocean Wealth, 31/07/12
Interview with  Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine TD
about the Governments plan to double the value of Ireland's ocean wealth to 2.4% of
GDP by 2030 and increase the turnover from our ocean economy to exceed
€6.4bn by 2020. The report, 'Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth - An Integrated
Marine Plan for Ireland' was launched at the Marine Institute, Galway.

Six One News: Drive to encourage Maths, RTE 13/07/12
News feature includes story of Ms. Maire Geoghegan - Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science presenting the Award of Special Recognition to Mr Jim Cooke on board the RV Celtic Explorer during ESOF 2012.

Six One News: 200 Jobs Available in Marine Industry, RTE 05/07/2012
Teresa Mannion reports on the launch of at the Marine pavilion in the Volvo Global village in Galway.

RTE News: Wavebob facility SmartBay Innovator of the year, 03/07/12
Wavebob was recognised for innovation, engineering and leadership in the emerging wave energy market. The awards were announced following the Inaugural SmartOcean Innovation Exchange, as part of the SmartOcean Conference in association with the Marine Institute.

National Geographic: Major Scientific Discover On The Mid-Atlantic Ridge, 04/08/2011
The Irish-led VENTuRE scientific expedition aboard the national research vessel RV Celtic Explorer discovered a previously uncharted field of hydrothermal vents along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge – the first to be explored north of the Azores. The footage of the Moytirra deep-sea vent field was captured by the (remotely operated vehicle) ROV Holland 1 which shown in an upcoming National Geographic Channel Series called Alien Deep.

Six One News: Prince Albert visits Galway and Mayo, RTE, 06/04/11
Prince Albert II of Monaco and his fiancée Charlene Wittstock visited the Marine Institute in Galway on the last day of their State visit.

RTE News: Irish ship Celtic Explorer on Canadian mission, RTE, 29/01/2011
The national research vessel, RV Celtic Explorer, will embark on a historic and important research mission to Canada in which the vessel has been chartered by the Memorial University of Newfoundland to undertake fisheries research.

Speech by Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn at the Marine Institute - Galway (Pdf. 31.9 Kb) 22/03/2010
Ms. Maire Geoghegan - Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science recently addressed the opening of the SMARTOCEAN Innovation Cluster Strategy workshop hosted by the Marine Institute in Galway.  The transcript of the speech is available to download.

Six One News: Marine scientists in Galway have found a major new area of deepwater coral reefs off the west coast, RTE, 26/05/2009
Tom MacSweeney, Marine Correspondent, reports that researchers are astonished by the vast new area of deepwater coral they have found off the west Coast of Ireland.

 'The Investigators' RTE 20/11/08
The Investigators series shown on RTE1 examines Ireland’s scientific contribution to the world. This programme takes a look at what scientists in Ireland are doing to understand climate change and features cutting edge research being undertaken by three glacial geologists from the Marine Institute, the University of Ulster and Durham University (UK).

The Marine Institute would like to acknowledge New Decade ( and in particular Ciaran O'Connor, the series producer, for allowing us to make the episode available online.

The Maritime World of Charts, Maps and Soft Rock.
Artist Alan Keane's diary of his time aboard the Marine Institute's research vessel the RV Celtic Explorer.

Six One News: Galway Marine Institute headquarters open, 09/06/2006
Tom MacSweeney, Marine Correspondent, reports on the opening of the Marine Institute's new headquarters at Oranmore, Galway. 

Irish Marine Media Websites

 Afloat Magazine

Ireland's sailing and motorboating magazine.

 Inshore Ireland

News from the coast and inshore waterways of Ireland

The Irish Skipper

Journal of the Irish fishing and aquaculture Industry

The Marine Times

Ireland's monthly marine newspaper


RTE Radio 1 weekly maritime programme