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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-21-2015, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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My wife and I are travelling to Europe in early June, and will likely take some time before or after to explore somewhere else. Ireland is on the bucket list, and the ancestral home of my wife's family tree.
I am hoping for some thoughts and suggestions from the readers on best quality rivers, experiences, and guides. I am mainly interested in Atlantic Salmon opportunities.
It is quite likely that we would only take a day for fishing.
Any and all suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 11-21-2015, 11:48 PM
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I would like to suggest making contact with Mark Gough from NM Tackle in Strabane, Northern Ireland. He is very knowledgeable about the River Foyle system, which includes the Mourne. A very nice fellow. He and his wife have a website for their shop.
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Which part of Ireland are you coming to Chris?
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My be half is from County Sligo in the northwest. That area is close to some of the better salmon rivers. The Moy has the biggest run of fish, but there's many other more interesting rivers as well. Check out fisheries Ireland website. Guide wise I've personally used Paddy McDonald (he ha has a website) and would recommend him. Also heard Robert Gillespie is good (promoter of fulcrum casting and has a website too).

Have fun. It's a wonderful place.

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If you are going to the deep south of Ireland (Waterford and/or Cork), there are a number of contacts for fishing [& accomodation] availability you should try:

www dot ireland-salmon-fishing.net/
Blackwater Lodge, Ballyduff: Ian & Brenda (lady casting champion) Powell

www dot careysville.com/
Careysville House & fishing

www dot ballyvolanehouse.ie/fishing/
Ballyvolane House & fishing - Ballyduff

www dot fortwilliamfishing.ie/
FortWilliam estate & fishing - Ballyduff


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My be half is from County Sligo in the northwest. That area is close to some of the better salmon rivers. The Moy has the biggest run of fish, but there's many other more interesting rivers as well. Check out fisheries Ireland website. Guide wise I've personally used Paddy McDonald (he ha has a website) and would recommend him. Also heard Robert Gillespie is good (promoter of fulcrum casting and has a website too).

Have fun. It's a wonderful place.
The Moy is a great river and I can also recommend Robert Gillespie. Apart from being my friend and my mentor, he is an excellent guide and casting instructor.Sligo and Mayo are also a beautiful part of the country. Closer to where I am situated, five minutes from the Blackwater, there are numerous fisheries and guides to choose from and if you would like further info just let me know.
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Many thanks for the quick responses, I am just starting the planning for the trip so your assistance is helpful in these early stages. Her people come from the South, and our intention is to find our way to a small town and enjoy the local haunts.

I have plenty of choice, as they are from Limerick, Cork, and Waterford Counties...I must be able to find a fish there somewhere!
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Many thanks for the quick responses, I am just starting the planning for the trip so your assistance is helpful in these early stages. Her people come from the South, and our intention is to find our way to a small town and enjoy the local haunts.

I have plenty of choice, as they are from Limerick, Cork, and Waterford Counties...I must be able to find a fish there somewhere!
Hi Chris, I am living in Cork, a short distance from the River Blackwater near Mallow. I would suggest that you aim to fish the Blackwater at Lismore, specifically Fortwilliam Estate. I can send you the contact details of the fishery manager, Paul Whelan, whom I know well, if you wish. A great fishery if the conditions are right. There are other options on the river depending on conditions on the day. As you intend to fish only for one day I presume you do not intend to bring fishing gear with you and Paul can also provide this if needed. Lismore is a great little town with plenty of "watering" holes! Other options in Cork would be the River Lee or the Bandon and in Kerry, The Laune. When your plans are more definite let me know and I would be more than willing to help out in any way I can.
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Thanks. I'll stay in touch as the plans firm up.

Cork was where I was looking!

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