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

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The Gutter Girls
The Gutter Girls

At the South Harbour

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Workers at the South Harbour
Workers at the South Harbour

Taken in the early 1900s

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View of the South Harbour
View of the South Harbour

From Jordans Castle

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The Gutter Girls
The Gutter Girls

With docked sailing boats

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

From the South Harbour

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Hundreds of Barrels
Hundreds of Barrels

At the South Harbour

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Processed fish
Processed fish

Ready for export

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Playful photograpd
Playful photograpd

The young boy is holding Neptune's trident

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Docked boats
Docked boats
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The Gutter Girls
The Gutter Girls

Ardtole across the bay

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Harbour workers
Harbour workers
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Carter
Carter

Waiting for barrels

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Two carters
Two carters
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The South Harbour
The South Harbour

In mid season

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The Barrels
The Barrels

Made by carpenters and coops

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The Gutter Girls
The Gutter Girls

At the south harbour

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Gutting the herring
Gutting the herring

Preparation of the fish

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

At the south harbour

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

From UCD Archives

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Salting the herring
Salting the herring
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