There's Something Fishy Going On
Most towns and cities in Ireland are close to the banks of a river. And angling as a sport has never been so popular. In these busy days and hectic lives, taking a few hours out to stand on the riverbank can be the ultimate switch off. There are many fishy events taking place over the summer. Here’s our pick of the best events to celebrate our waterways:
Trim, Co. Meath
Trim Salmon of Knowledge Festival takes place on August 27th. Under the shadow of Trim Castle, this fantastic festival is packed full of events and activities. With traditional music and dance, drama, crafts and the Boyne Adventure Race, you can celebrate this well-known legend in style. We cannot guarantee that you will receive the gift of infinite wisdom. But you will definitely have a wonderful day.
Foxford, Co. Mayo
Riverfest will celebrate the famous River Moy from 18th to 20th August. With salmon fishing contests and casting demonstrations, anglers will be in their element! The Riverbanks will be showcased during Foraging sessions and Bat Walks. There will be live music throughout the weekend and cookery demonstrations from renowned chefs. Finally fireworks on the Sunday will round off a fantastic weekend of fishing events and family fun.
Kiltimagh, Co. Mayo
While you’re in Co Mayo head to Kiltimagh during National Heritage Week, and be sure to bring the wellies. Children of all ages can get their feet wet on 22nd August while you explore the biodiversity of Glore River under the watchful eye of Mark Boyer of the Coomhola Salmon Trust
Coachford, Co. Cork
The beautiful Inniscarra Lake in Coachford, Co Cork is playing host to the World Youth Angling Championships on 12-13th August. Spectators are free to come along and watch these young anglers experience world-class fishing surrounded by unspoilt scenery. Who knows, it may even inspire you to don the waders and try this unique sport for yourself.
National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
Or for a more educational experience why not bring the older children (8+) to the National Museum of Ireland on Kildare Street on Saturday 19th August for their Fishy Business workshop. There they can learn how people in Stone Age Ireland caught their dinner, and even make a paper fish to bring home.
And for those of us who prefer eating our fish to catching them, there is always the Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival on 22-24th September. There are seafood trails, oyster opening competitions, foodie talks and cookery demonstrations to satisfy every craving. And with live music each day and a Mardi Gras Gala Event on Saturday night, this is a wonderful celebration of all things crustacean.
Fishing Events and More…
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