Fishing, History of Achill Island in Co. Mayo

On Achill Island nearly each family had a boat and some of the family members were skilled fishermen. Fish were abundant; the most common fish were herrings.

The catch was carried on from August to Christmas. Herrings were salted and preserved in wooden barrels.

Fishermen used to bring herrings to Achill Sound where the fish was sold at the Fair, which used to be widely known and attract buyers from the mainland and many parts of Mayo alike.

Fishermen’s life was very tough, they used to eat fish or salted fish everyday. Often they gathered and cooked their meal ashore at a rock called “Carriage a’pota”, near Keem Bay, making a fire with the turf brought in a bag from home.