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Thursday 20 June 2019

Looking for the monster

Renowned naturalist and leader of the Loch Ness and Morar Project, Adrian Shine pictured at the Natural Museum of Ireland
Renowned naturalist and leader of the Loch Ness and Morar Project, Adrian Shine pictured at the Natural Museum of Ireland

Margaret Roddy

The thought provoking question as to whether a monster similar to Lough Neagh's famous Nessie is lurking below the surface of Carlingford Lough emerged last week as the Carlingford Lough Ferry launched a promotional video in Dublin's National History Museum.

The video features Adrian Shine, the renowned naturalist and leader of the Loch Ness and Morar Project who was invited to Carlingford Lough by Carlingford Lough Ferry.

In a recent visit to the iconic Carlingford Lough on board the ferry which links Co.Louth with Co.Down, Adrian explored ancient myths, legends and Irish folklore on his quest to discover the majestic horse eels that are believed to lie within the waters of the historic Lough given its current name by the Vikings.

Speaking at the launch of the video, he said 'I was only too delighted to take up Carlingford Lough Ferry's offer to come to this ancient part of Ireland and look into the fable of the horse eel that has been passed on from generation to generation. Crossing the Lough and looking out onto some of the most beautiful landscape that Ireland has to offer, I truly felt the history of the place'.

Paul O'Sullivan, Managing Director of Frazer Ferries Group, which also owns and operates the Passage East Ferry, linking Co Waterford and Co. Wexford, and Lough Foyle Ferry, linking Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula with Magilligan, Co Derry, said 'Carlingford Lough is imbued with legend and myths and there is no-one better placed than Adrian who has spent decades studying Loch Ness to bring our very special part of Ireland to life.'

'Over Easter those that took our ferry spotted pods of bottlenose dolphins amongst other wonders of the water - so who is to say that the mythical horse eel doesn't exist?'

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