Irish film is to screen for Europe Day!

Event Information

Date: 10 May 2016
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Europe Direct Centre: Ballinasloe Library
Location: Church Gallery

Event Description


Canola Pictures in association with The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) will screen the film The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde as part of a unique collaboration with Ballinasloe library!

The Irish-made film will be shown on the 10th May at 7.00pm. It is one of a limited number of screenings in libraries around Ireland. Admission is free but on a first come basis. Shot in Ireland, Cape Verde and Malta, The Humpback Whales of Cape Verde follows Dr Simon Berrow and an international team of marine scientists on an ambitious adventure to prove humpback whales from both the northern and southern hemispheres use the Cape Verde archipelago as a breeding ground. The film trailer can be viewed here.

The screening will be followed by Q&A sessions with experts from the IWDG and the film’s director, Tony Whelan. ‘We’re telling an international story with an Irish perspective. It’s a cracking tale, the science, the scientists are brilliant,’ says Tony Whelan. ‘As a storyteller, the library tour is a unique opportunity to engage with an audience.’ The IWDG see the three month library tour as a perfect platform to highlight their ongoing commitment to education and to emphasise the importance of conservation in our seas. ‘It still comes as a surprise to many that we have whales in Ireland when in fact the numbers here are increasing each year and Ireland is becoming internationally important’ says Dr Berrow. ‘To understand where whales in Ireland are coming from or going to and breeding is essential to protect them. This film is part of a 10 year search for the breeding grounds of humpback whales in Ireland.’

2016 is the 25th anniversary of all Irish waters being declared a whale and dolphin sanctuary, the first of its kind in Europe. ‘The sanctuary declaration was a cornerstone in Ireland’s modern relationship with whales and dolphins and its rich marine waters. It was a pioneering gesture and one which countries around the world admire, support and have followed.’