One of my favourite parts about the east coast of Ireland, is the collection of villages dotted up and down the seafront – each with their own unique atmosphere and relationship with An Fharraige. You have the huge trawlers which heave in tonnes of fish each and every day, and the little rowing boats that bob out of the marina and can return with just a couple of mackerel and a truly delighted captain.
The locations below are all wholly charming in their own way, and each offer their own interpretation of what it is to be an Irish fishing village. However, what they all have in common is the sharp scent of sea spray in your nostrils, breath-taking views for your eyes to roam, and an Irish welcome that will warm your heart.
We’re going to start close to home this time (for me anyway), with a visit to Dublin’s Howth – which was established as a fishing village and port back as far back as the 14th century.