Marine Institute Staff in Beach Clean-Up in Galway Bay

Beach 2008 groupEmployees of the Marine Institute cleared up two full skips of rubbish from the scenic beach at Rinville, Oranmore today (July 4th) in a voluntary effort linked to their annual staff day at their nearby headquarters overlooking Galway Bay.


MI staff start work on beach clean up

Work begins . . .


Oceanographers, marine biologists, computer experts, statisticians and support personnel all pitched in to clear their nearby beach of unsightly flotsam and jetsam, led by their CEO Dr. Peter Heffernan (in blue shirt in photo below).

MI CEO in beach clean up

So much rubbish was recovered that the first skip, supplied by Galway County Council was soon filled and a second had to be brought in.

MI staff in beach clean up

This is the second voluntary beach clean up undertaken by Institute staff in the last twelve months.

"We are very proud of our environment and the fact that our headquarters overlooks Galway Bay," said one member of staff. "It's a privilege to put something back into the community that has supported us so well over the years."

The end result

The end result . . .

Further beach clean ups will be carried out in future.

The staff of the Marine Institute would like to thank Galway County Council for their support on the day.