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Loop Head

08 Jan 16
Sean Maguire
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Loop Head (Irish: Ceann Léime, meaning “leap head”)  is a headland on the north side of the mouth of the River Shannon, in County Clare in the west of Ireland.

loop headLoop Head is marked by a prominent lighthouse. The opposite headland on the south side of the Shannon is Kerry Head. The Shannon Foynes Port Company controls navigation in the Shannon estuary and river.

Loop Head peninsula, has the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Shannon Estuary on the other, with barely a mile of land saving it from island status.

In 2010, the Loop Head peninsula was awarded a European Destinations of Excellence Award, which is an EU accolade for emerging tourism destinations which are developing in a responsible and sustainable manner. In 2013, Loop Head was named the “Best Place to Holiday in Ireland” by The Irish Times.

 

KILBAHA

Kilbaha, the  last village on the Loop Head peninsula, is tucked into a  sheltered bay at the western edge of the Shannon Estuary.

Kilbaha pier was built in the early 19th century to cater for the large numbers of people making their living from fishing, seaweed gathering and piloting the ships going up the Shannon to Limerick docks. It was also used by cargo vessels bringing supplies to Loop Head Lighthouse,  west of the village and on the tip of the Loop Head Peninsula.

Kilbaha is the home of the Little Ark which you can visit at  Star of the Sea Church in the village.

 

 

Fishing summer 2015

29 Oct 15
Sean Maguire
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Sea Angling 2015 has been a good season overall with some great fishing, and I met a lot of very interesting people. Lot’s of fine whitefish about including  pollock, whiting, ling, haddock etc and some lovely double figure cod. Even though the weather wasn’t always ideal summer weather we almost always managed to go fishing with very few cancellations, and of course we had some memorable day’s at sea. When it was a bit too windy for the Atlantic we anchored in the Shannon estuary and fished for ray, bulhuss, conger, dogfish etc which can be very relaxing.

Blue shark and tope were plentiful as well this year and a lot of fun to be had with some fine spurdog’s. Fishing Adventures is part of the tag and release program so all sharks are released unharmed.

The Lady Gwen ll  has spent her first season fishing off the Loop Head Peninsula and has passed with flying colours. She will be undergoing a few upgrades for next season to make her even better and more enjoyable to fish from.

Séan