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About SDWF

The concept behind sustainable dolphin-watching in the Shannon estuary was discussed at a forum hosted by Kilrush Urban District Council as part of the Kilrush 1500 celebrations 8th May, 1999 at Kilrush Adventure Centre, Kilrush, County Clare. The forum was addressed by the then Minister for Arts, Culture, Heritage and the Islands Silé de Valera TD, who expressed her commitment to this ambition (see report)

SDWF was established in March 2000 and was granted charitable staus in 2003 “to develop and provide educational awareness and conservation of the Shannon dolphins and other wildlife in the region”.

The SDWF remit is supprted by a range of government agencies, local authorities and development groups but funding is mainly through research and monitoring contracts.

Our partners include:

National Parks and Wildlife Service
Shannon Development
Clare County Council
Kilrush Town Council
Kilrush Chamber of Commerce
Carrigaholt Development Association
Tuatha Chiarrai Teo
and the Shannon Tour Boat operators

The SDWF has a Committee representing a range of development agencies, local groups and tour boat operators, which until recently was under the Chair of John Quinlivan of Shannon Development.

SDWF Development Plan 2007-2009

SDWF have launched their new development plan including strategic research, education and promotion. read more...
27 February 2007

SDWF Annual Report 2009

The SDWF consolidated its activities during 2009. Research activity was maintained through our relationship with the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). read more...
13 April 2010

SDWF Annual Report 2010

The SDWF Annual Report is now available
22 December 2010

20 years studying the Shannon Dolphins

20 years ago today (2 May 1993), the first research trip into the Shannon Estuary to try and find bottlenose dolphins was carried out. Here we reflect on what has been achieved. read more...
2 May 2013

SDWF Annual Report 2010
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SDWF Annual Report 2009
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Development Plan 2007-2009
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The SDWF is supported by the following agencies... Shannon Development Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government Marine Institute Clare County Council Kilrush Urban District Counil
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