A new TG4 documentary by Midas Productions that asks: why, despite having the richest fishing waters in Europe, are Ireland’s fishing industry and fishing communities swimming against the tide?
Gafa sna Líonta tells the stories of those struggling to make a living and to make ends meet on our coastline.
Filmed in the fishing towns of Castletownbere, Dunmore East and Heilbhic, this immersive documentary chronicles the challenges each season brings on sea and on land for our coastal communities.
Frank and honest interviews with the fishermen who find themselves trapped by quotas and who are heavily policed by Irish and EU regulations give this documentary a here and now approach to an ongoing problem concerning one of our richest natural resources.
The documentary features just some of the many types of fishing taking place our shores by our native fishermen.
From Pelagic to Potting, Seining to gillnetting, the documentary offers just a taste of the life of a fisherman and the challenges they face on a daily basis.
Gafa sna Líonta on Wednesday 8th January 2020 on TG4 at 9.30pm.
The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has declined calls to meet Donegal mussel fisherman Gerard Kelly (above) who began a hunger strike yesterday in protest at legislation to restore reciprocal access for Northern Irish fishermen to Irish waters.
Gerard, from Greencastle, County Donegal is protesting the planned restoration of the Voisinage Arrangement which would allow access for fishermen on both sides of the border for up to six nautical miles off the coast of each jurisdiction.
If you can afford a summery shoutout, there is something really great going on in the Irish angling scene in Dún Laoghaire that’s also a tribute to multicultural Ireland and to diversity. Lots of Asian Irish folks fishing for mackerel together – whole families at times, and most encouraging – and a challenge to the stereotypical Irish taxi driver, sorry, sea angler – women swinging those mackerel flies off the end of a rod like the best of them.
And they’re catching too. Mackerel in bucket loads. So, people – take a walk down to the end of the West Pier in Dún Laoghaire or check out the tight liners on the East Pier too. It’s great to see this community in action. They’re welcome to Ireland and those tasty macks too. The great weather just adds to the spirit.