Excellent fishing in Irish waters
Reports indicate that commercial fishing off Irish coasts has had a very good summer. While the Derry fleet struggled with low yields, catches elsewhere have been excellent. In Galway and Clare the mackerel catch was very high, and huge quantities of the fish have been cured and exported. Cork fishing fleets reported high level catches for herring, noting that the fish caught this year have been large and of very high quality.
At the end of July the Dublin steam fleet was landing and selling, at a good price, 500 boxes of mixed fish a day. With the labour problems in the city, especially the lockout of dockside workers, the Dublin fleet is now tied up and redundant. This is a travesty as the seas off the Dublin coast are teaming with fish. There is no work for the fishermen, and without cheap herring and mackerel to purchase, the Dublin poor are forced to fall back on supplies of fatted pork and tinned fish.
[Editor's note: This is an article from Century Ireland, a fortnightly online newspaper, written from the perspective of a journalist 100 years ago, based on news reports of the time.]