Killybegs Travel Blog› entry 18 of 25 › view all entries
May 31st, 2005 – by: kingelvis14
As is so common in Ireland, the morning started off overcast with drizzling rain, but I wasn't "giving up" on the weather and continued to be optimistic. This was going to be a busy, busy day with much to see. Our first stop was to be Killybegs, the most productive fishing port in the entire country. After about an hour of traveling along the country roads, the low-hanging clouds began to lift and the blue sky came shining through. Thank you, Jesus. It was going to be a glorious day! Upon arrival in Killybegs, I wanted to know, "Where are the fish?" No one in our group had thought to phone ahead to find out the arrival and departure schedule of these boats ~ excuse me ~ not just fishing boats but rather ships with every high-tech gadget and first-class piece of equipment available to the modern fisherman. I am familiar with large recreational fishing boats that are used in the Gulf of Mexico, but I have never seen anything like this. I am guessing there were probably fifty or more of these Irish-registered fishing trawlers in the harbour on this particular day. Someone has some money, I can tell you that! Not a one of them would sell for less than a million dollars and many were probably in the five-million-dollar range. Interesting. This is surely one spot in Ireland that is actually in the 21st century, for sure! Although there were no deckhands in waders, no smelly, flopping fish, and no fishguts being slung every which way, I still enjoyed walking around the harbour area, admiring the first-class fishing trawlers. Each ship was clean and scrubbed to a shiny finish and in perfect repair, just waiting her turn at the unforgiving Atlantic Ocean. As I milled in and out and around the different boat docks and piers, I thought to myself, "Jerry (my husband) sure would enjoy seeing this. He just thinks he's seen a fishing boat!"
After leaving Killybegs, we had several hours until our scheduled boat ride to the cliffs. Des decided we should take the short ride down to the beautiful sea-side village of Glencolumbkille. Sounds good to me ~ let's go!
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