Fishing boats in the harbour of Moville in Donegal. A thriving fishing industry has gone on here for over one hundred years. Below is an account taken from the early 1900’s. One of the finest fish restaurants in Ireland can be found on the picturesque road leading into Moville from Derry.
The advantages of steam transit, as applying to the development of the fishing, is telling with good effect on that part of the northern coast connected with Lough Foyle, for a considerable distance around. Steamers call daily at Moville,and receive the fish for Liverpool and Glasgow; the principal fishes are cod and turbot; of the former, all go to Liverpool fresh; to Glasgow, about one-third fresh, and two-thirds “green-salted,” that is, not dried, neither in pickle, but simply salted and sent in baskets. A few years ago there was only one buyer at Moville, now there are fifteen; some of whom have prospered well, realised money, and built good houses to let as well as to occupy; the improvement in the condition of the fishermen, and improvement of their boats, is commensurate. The cod fishing commences about the 1st of October and ends about the 1st of July; thus, for nine months in the year trade continues in cod.
The turbot fishing continues from March to November, so that throughout the whole year profitable employment is afforded.
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