Monty Halls the presenter of the BBC’s Great Hebridean Escape and The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and Scuba Dive West host Dive & Wildlife Festival
Monty Halls explorer, television presenter and public speaker. A former Royal Marines officer who worked for Nelson Mandela on the peace process in South Africa, he left the services in 1996 to pursue a career in leading expeditions. His television career began when he won Channel Four’s Superhuman competition in 2004. Since then he has presented series and documentaries for the Discovery Channel, The National Geographic Channel, BBC1 and BBC2, Channel 4, and the History Channel. Monty is currently spending 6 months here in Connemara filming for another series of Great Escape and has settled right in with taken part in a lot of the local activities.
Monty along with The Whale and Dolphin Group and Scuba Dive West here in Connemara, got together and organised a Dive & Wildlife Festival. There aim is to raise money for a Dolphin and Whale rescue pontoon for the Irish West Coast.
The weather on the day was just fantastic. It was a great success, the organisers were very pleased with the outcome. They managed to raise 2000 euros for the Irish Whale Dolphin Group Pontoon (IWDG) .
There was great lectures from Simon Berrow from the Whales and Dolphins Group in Ireland. Michael Gibbons on Maritime history and wrecks off Connemara, Intro dives and snorkeling for family and friends. Courses on whale and dolphin rescue and data collection. Graham Roberts of Connemara Smokehouse hand slices a side of smoked salmon for all to taste and explains about his smoking methods, production and products. There was a Seafood demonstration on how to cook mussels, the list just goes on and on it was such a fantastic day.
Unfortunately we missed the evening party. There was competitions and quizzes followed by the roasted hog, snags and burgers and thai noddles, something for everyone. There was a bar on site for the night with traditional music and dancing to take them into the early hours.
There is even talks that maybe, they might do it again next year. So watch this space as they say and we will have to wait and see!