It is the time of the year again when the trees, shrubs and grass turn green again, and flowers start to show their colourful display. It is also the time when the wild salmon is on its way back from the Atlantic to Irish rivers to spawn.
The first day of the salmon fishing season was the 14 May 2013 which saw Birgitta drive a big loop covering the southern half of Ireland in just one day. Her first port of call was down at the River Lee in Cork City and the River Nore in County Kilkenny for some salmon fishing, then to Dublin to deliver the fre
shest wild salmon ever to two places where it was well appreciated.
She started the day going out on the River Lee on the outskirts of Cork City with Anthony Quilligan and his father Simon. Unfortunately, no salmon seemed to be willing to get caught and end up in a kiln that day. So Birgitta continued her quest for wild salmon in County Kilkenny.
On the River Nore, she met up with Mick Murphy for some snapnet-fishing. They were luckier this time: three big
salmon were caught by means of the snapnet between two boats.
Snapnet-fishing is a time-consuming technique, but one that does not traumatise or stress the salmon. A net is drawn between two cots, and when movement in the net indicates that there are fish trapped in it, the fishermen haul up the lower end of the net in one swift movement. Fishing does not get any more sustainable and gentle than this!
Birgitta then took to the road again and went straight to the top: the Aras an Uachtaráin,
President Michael D. Higgins' official residence in Phoenix Park. She made sure the president and his wife Sabina got a wild salmon as a present for their dinner. A few days later, we received a lovely letter from the president's office thanking Birgitta sincerely for her gift.
The second stop in Dublin was at Fade Street Social, a restaurant-customer of ours. Chef Karl Whelan was delighted to be able to put his hands on such a delicacy.
We uploaded a few more pictures here - come salmon fishing with us!