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Howth School of Fish Launches – Keeping Tradition And Tales Alive

Sean Doran Regaling The Assembled At The Launch Of Howth School Of Fish Visitor Experience

With a sense of fanfare and festival Dorans of Howth today launched “Howth School of Fish Visitor Experience”, an authentic fishing and maritime tourist attraction now open on the West Pier in Howth, Co. Dublin.

This new Howth based activity for tourists is designed to be both educational and fun and includes elements of locally sourced sea to plate food tastings that highlights the sustainability of Irish seafood.  This new culturally significant tourist experience will enhance Howth as a sustainable tourist destination, encouraging tourists to spend more time in the area.

Speaking at the launch of Howth School of Fish, Sean Doran said, “Howth is an important location on the new Dublin Coastal Route, and a haven for accessible tourism with great rail, bus and cycle routes.  Our aim with Howth School of Fish is to add to the sustainable tourism offering in the area with a unique experience employing retired fishermen who will entertain visitors with real tales from the fishing industry”.

The experience offers 2 hours, half day and full day programs for local and international tourists as well as corporate groups.  The facility also invites chefs and cookery groups for tailored “Meet the fisherman”, experiences and to attend workshops and learn about sustainable and seasonal seafood stocks and how to cook them. With a range of activities on offer including interactive talks, hands on activities with rope splicing, oyster shucking and fish boning on the menu.

The experience is also set to draw educational groups of all ages and genres to learn about aquaculture, history and biodiversity, with tailored packages available for primary, secondary and third level students.

The weather on the day also cooperated to provide the visiting media with the perfect backdrop. A boat trip to Ireland’s Eye showcased nature’s best with seals, cormorants, puffins and the hidden caves of Ireland’s Eye – as well as a compelling commentary on the history of Howth, all provided a memorable experience for attendees.

The Howth School of Fish is an important addition to Howth and the surrounding area and is set to be a significant repository, curator and exhibitor of a proud tradition that encapsulates the heritage of Howth.

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