Final chance to see Leon the Loggerhead Turtle

Final chance to see Leon the Loggerhead Turtle

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Leon the Loggerhead Turtle pictured on Seafield Beach. Image Pat Flynn
Leon the Loggerhead Turtle pictured on Seafield Beach. Image Pat Flynn

Leon the Loggerhead Turtle who washed up on Seafield beach in County Clare last November will shortly be released back into the sea.

Galway Atlantaquaria has announced that it will host Leon’s big farewell tomorrow (Sunday), to celebrate the journey she has made since her discovery on Seafield beach last November.

Since then the turtle has been involved in a rehabilitation program at the Aquarium and is now recovered enough that she can begin the next step, returning her to the wild.

The Aquarium will be hosting a variety of family friendly activities as well as opportunities to meet Leon and the carers who aided her recovery. Reduced admission prices will apply on the day from 11am-5pm.

The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) named the turtle Leon after the famous early 20th century shipwreck in Quilty.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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