More than 9000 people visited the Celtic Explorer last weekend following its commissioning on Friday 11th. The Marine Institute hosted an exhibition at the docks alongside the Celtic Explorer last Saturday and Sunday. The Celtic Explorer, floating laboratory, opened its doors to the public and became a floating exhibition for two days before setting sail on official duties. Visitors were welcomed onboard by crew and scientists to see how they live and work on the Celtic Explorer. Visitors to the event contributed to a collection for the RNLI which amounted to €1750. Mr. Don Conroy entertained the younger visitors with an art demonstration on both days and many of the entries in the Celtic Explorer Competition for National Schools were on display over the weekend. Some of the competition winners travelled from Cork and Clare for a presentation by Mr. Conroy. Mikey Collins, who won first place in the ‘infants’ category, travelled from Scoil Mhuire Lourdes, Carrigaline, Co. Cork. A group of five fifth and sixth class students - Evelyn Glynn, Aoife Sheehan, Cassie Comerford, Aoife Conlon, Michael Noonan, and Conor Smyth - came from Dromindoora, Co. Clare to meet Mr. Conroy. The Celtic Explorer set sail for Donegal on Monday 14th where it will deploy the M4 weather buoy about 22 miles west of Killybegs. The M4 weather buoy is the fourth in a network of five databuoys to deployed around the coast.