Dutch support saves seal centre

By Fintan Lambe

Published 14/04/2015 | 00:00

Seal Rescue Ireland releases four grey seals on Courtown's south beach on Saturday.
Seal Rescue Ireland releases four grey seals on Courtown's south beach on Saturday.
Enjoying Seal Rescue Ireland's release of four grey seals on Courtown's south beach were Stephen and Frank Hussey.

SEAL Rescue Ireland's centre in Courtown has been saved from potential closure after a Dutch seal rescue organisation stepped in to provide logistical support.

The organisation in Courtown was faced with a manpower crisis because the centre's volunteer manager was going on maternity leave. However the sponsorship from Holland saw temporary manager Sonja Ciccaglione being seconded to Courtown, and another person due to arrive in May.

Sonja, a native of Italy, joined the organisation's volunteers and supporters on Courtown beach on Saturday to see Nautilus, Poee, Beach, and Amber, head back to the wild.

She said that the grey seals were picked up at various locations around the country. Some of the seals spent weeks recovering from injuries, while others were newborns, and were badly emaciated after being separated from their mothers. It's a quiet time at the centre right now with only one or two seals in residence, so it's mainly closed to the public. Donations to Seal Rescue Ireland are welcome through Paypal or Facebook.

Wexford People

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