Fisherman's Catch

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Location: Port Oriel, The Harbour, Clogherhead, Louth

The Fisherman’s Catch opened in 2009. The shop’s produce is caught in the owners' fishing boat, the MFV Argonaut IV.

The freshly caught fish are delivered directly from the harbour to the shop’s ice counter. A wide variety of white fish species are available for sale, including haddock, whiting, pollock, hake, ling, cod, plaice, lemon sole, monkfish, gurnard, red snapper, john dory, brill, turbot, squid and other seasonal species. The shop also stocks a range of locally sourced shellfish. Fish can be purchased in the shop either as whole fish or filleted, which is done on the premises.

For over 160 years, the Kirwan family have been fishing in the waters off Clogherhead using seine netting, one of the oldest and most environmentally friendly methods of fishing.

John Sr, a lifelong seine net fisherman, retired from fishing at the age of 65. He continues to visit the Fisherman’s Catch fish shop to check on how his grandson Jonathan, the fourth generation of Kirwans and the youngest seine net skipper in Ireland, is doing out at sea. Jonathan now operates the Argonaut IV, after his father, John Jr, took a step back in order to open the Fisherman’s Catch with his wife Michelle.

After fishing with his father on the Ros Oithír and Seán Óg, John Jr acquired and became skipper of the fishing boat Argonaut IV in 2003, until opening the fish shop in 2009.

Daily special offers are available in the shop, depending on the catch.

In 2018, the shop purchased a mobile chip van and now sells fish and chips from the mobile unit.