The milk containers will be recycled.

A LANDMARK of the 2012 Atlantic Challenge in Bantry, the 100ft long Atlantic Challenge Lightcraft  has been dismantled and removed  from the inner harbour.

The much commented-on sculpture was designed and constructed by Mark Wickham Jnr who works as a graphic designer in Dublin to announce the imminent arrival of the international maritime event Atlantic Challenge 2012 to Bantry.

The 6,000 2litre milk containers used to make the craft were collected by pupils from 15 national schools in the Bantry.


The sculpture was removed from the inner harbour in Bantry.

There were three objectives set out for the project, to involve the students in the Atlantic Challenge; to publicise the concept of recycling and to highlight the maritime potential of the inner harbour and dock area of Bantry.


The Lightcraft was illuminated by night and like the Irish Rover of the song “stood several blasts” during the four-weeks of its life.


Mick and Liam Young performed the lighting-up ceremony helped by Louise O’Donnell, a student of Gael Scoil Bheanntraí and the removal was performed by members of the Atlantic Challenge crew captained by Jack Price using the Unité longboat and two hunter-gatherer kayaks.


David Sheahan of KWD  Recycling, West Cork Division, offered to remove the containers for processing and under the supervision of Mike O’Donnell all the milk containers are now gone to a safe home.


The few who eluded capture will soon be rounded up and taken away.


KWD were generous supporters of the Atlantic Challenge event and their help was much appreciated the by the Bantry 2012 committee.