Fishing in the Cloghane/Brandon Area

For generations past and present, fishing in the area of Cloghane/Brandon has played a considerable role in shaping the district which we live in today. Fishing formulated a strong community network and provided families of the region with a satisfactory livelihood. During the famine, it is arguable that the people of this area were not affected badly due to the abundance of food available at sea. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, good things pass and now we are left with a declining industry which makes it incredibly difficult for families to survive on fishing alone. So, what did happen and how did this strong trade fade away so quickly? This publication aims to explore the journey of our fishing industry in order to preserve the culture and heritage of this exceptional region in the west of Ireland so that it is not lost forever.

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