Whopper salmon contract landed with Harrods of London by Clare company Burren Smokehouse

The heaviest fish for the week on Lough Sheelin was a 10lb (4.5kg) trout caught by Thomas Lynch (pictured)

The heaviest fish for the week on Lough Sheelin was a 10lb (4.5kg) trout caught by Thomas Lynch (pictured)

 

THE first commercially caught Irish wild salmon of 2014 will shortly be found on sale in Harrods after a Co Clare company landed a 12-month deal to supply its trademark product at the world-famous department store’s prestigious slicing area.

Burren Smoked Irish Wild Salmon is produced by The Burren Smokehouse and will be offered for sale at Harrods Food Hall in the latest commercial success for the Lisdoonvarna-based company which already supplies products to KaDeWe Berlin, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.

The family-run company sources its wild salmon from commercial fisherman Michael Murphy on the River Nore in Co Kilkenny. Last week Michael, accompanied by Burren Smokehouse owner Birgitta Hedin-Curtin, landed the first salmon near the village of Inistioge.

“Michael catches the salmon in the traditional way with snap-netting and in traditional flat-bottomed fishing vessels called cots. The 12-month deal agreed with Harrods is pleasing for us considering it coincides with the 25th anniversary of the company being established,” Hedin-Curtin said.

Galway salmon farms

“Although Minister Coveney is expected to make a decision shortly, the now expected government reshuffle could see a decision deferred for a further period. A complicating factor is the continuing disquiet about the reliability of scientific advice put forward from the Marine Institute, ” he said.

Moy on form

Best fly lures

Best flies were Beltra Badger and Shrimp and Cascade patterns. Contact Newport House at 098-41222.

Bronze for Irish women

On competition day, the weather was cold and cloudy but the encouraging manner of team coach Hubert Smith motivated the team. Hubert was ably assisted by flytyer Mick McShane who got the flies spot-on for final day of the competition.

Next year’s event will be held on Grafham Water in England. To join Ilfa, visit irishladiesflyfishing.com.

Rupert Jeffares honoured

Rupert has dedicated 50 years to saving lives at sea, having joined the lifeboat crew in the mid-60s he later took on the role of authorising the launch of the lifeboat and day-to-day station management.

Owen Medland, divisional operations manager, said: “Rupert Jeffares demonstrates the selflessness of the volunteers ashore in support of our crews. It is such individuals that make the service world class and it is fantastic to see him acknowledged for his dedicated service.”

angling@irishtimes.com

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