THE CATCH

Fish from Ardglass is famed throughout Ireland. During the fishing boom at the end of the 19th Century workers came from all over Ireland and Scotland to bring in the catch. The most famed export from Ardglass is its potted herring. Herring is a migratory fish and it travels from the northerly waters down through the Irish Sea. The fishermen and the boats followed it from port to port. 

The days of steam
The days of steam

Docked at the South Pier

The Gutter Girls
The Gutter Girls

At the South Harbour

Workers at the South Harbour
Workers at the South Harbour

Taken in the early 1900s

View of the South Harbour
View of the South Harbour

From Jordans Castle

The Gutter Girls
The Gutter Girls

With docked sailing boats

Barrels at the South Harbour
Barrels at the South Harbour
View of the town
View of the town

From the South Harbour

Hundreds of Barrels
Hundreds of Barrels

At the South Harbour

Processed fish
Processed fish

Ready for export

Playful photograpd
Playful photograpd

The young boy is holding Neptune's trident

Docked boats
Docked boats
The Gutter Girls
The Gutter Girls

Ardtole across the bay

Harbour workers
Harbour workers
Carter
Carter

Waiting for barrels

Two carters
Two carters
The South Harbour
The South Harbour

In mid season

The Barrels
The Barrels

Made by carpenters and coops

The Gutter Girls
The Gutter Girls

At the south harbour

Gutting the herring
Gutting the herring

Preparation of the fish

Busy at the South Harbour
Busy at the South Harbour
Hundreds of barrels
Hundreds of barrels

At the south harbour

The South Harbour
The South Harbour
The herring barrels
The herring barrels

From UCD Archives

Salting the herring
Salting the herring