The Fishermen of Skerries – Part 2

Paper 033

Lecture – 1952

Author – Shiels, Joseph

Also in Nat. Library No: P. 7632

Evidence submitted to the Fisheries Commission 1836 at Killybegs re Skerries. Leading role of Skerries in the north-west herring fishery. Without the Skerries fishermen’s capacity to take on board the catches of the smaller local boats the fishery could not get underway. Skerries wherries and smacks transported on board to Donegal 8 ton yawls which were used there for fishing. The wherries were used to salt and store the fish en route to the markets. Illustrates the methods of sharing profits among owners and crews, financing outfits, county relief, trawling/longlining, the need for a proper harbour in Skerries.