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Fishery Harbours

Castletownbere Fishery Harbour Centre

Castletownbere Fishery Harbour is known as Ireland's premier white fish port and is an excellent natural harbour formed by Dinish Island to the south and the town of Castletownbere on the north. Dinish Island is connected by a bridge to the mainland and has some 215 metres of quay, a syncrolift and an ice plant. Maximum draft is 8 metres.

Dunmore East Fishery Harbour Centre

Dunmore East is a major fishing port situated at the south end of Dunmore Bay, on the west side of the entrance to Waterford Harbour. Well sheltered, although subject to a considerable swell at HW in gales from SE. Depth in the entrance is 2.6 metres and in the harbour 2 metres to 3.6 metres. Crowded during the autumn herring season.

Howth Fishery Harbour Centre

Howth Harbour is situated on the north side of Howth Peninsula, to north of Dublin Bay. Once inside the harbour it is divided into two halves. The west side is the trawler basin entered between two-bull noses. The east side is for yachts with swinging moorings and a marked channel to yacht club marina.


Killybegs Harbour is situated in Donegal Bay, on the north west coast. It is the premier fishing port of Ireland and one of the best natural harbours on this coast. It is accessible in all weathers, day and night. Vessels using the harbour range from 10 metres to 200 metres, from fishing vessels to cargo ships and most recently oil supply vessels, servicing the oil and gas industry offshore. Due to the promising results for oil surveys it is expected that this type of traffic will increase in the near future.

Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre Marketing Strategy Steering Group Report 2009

New Harbour Rules for Towage and Pilotage

Pilotage Services:

The following are the names and contact details of the approved pilots for Killybegs Fishery Harbour Centre:

  • Capt. Redmond Gillen - 086-0890767
  • Capt. Patrick J Kelly - 00353 -74-9721473
  • Mr. Noel McGettigan - 087-6482814
  • Capt. Tony McGowan - 087-2246373
  • Mr. John Paul McGuinness - 087-9110620

The above names are listed in alphabetical order and the order of names does not in any way signify seniority, experience or preference.

Rossaveel (Ros An Mhíl) Fishery Harbour Centre and Cashla Bay

Rossaveel Harbour consists of the well sheltered Cashla Bay within which lies the inner harbour area.The bay is strategically located at the northern approaches to Galway Bay. A major programme of works was completed at Rossaveel during 1994 to add to the existing facilities and included the provision of approximately 300 metres of new pier (pier No.2) with enclosure such as new state of the art auction hall, including chill rooms and completition of fully automatic Ice Plant and administration offices.

Dingle (An Daingean) Fishery Harbour Centre

An Daingean is situated on the west coast of Kerry. An Daingean Fishery Harbour Centre was transferred to the Minister for Communication, Marine and Natural Resources on 14th May 2007.

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Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development Programme

Between 2010 and 2019, €160.8m has been invested under the Fisheries and Coastal Infrastructure Sub-Programme to ensure the future viability of the fishing industry, to bring the Fishery Harbour Centres up to international practice, to reduce congestion at the harbours and to improve safety for the fisheries sector.

The Fishery Harbour and Coastal Infrastructure Development programme is administered by the Sea Fisheries Administration Division of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine. The programme funds capital development projects at the six designated Fishery Harbour Centres and also co-funds projects at regional fishery harbours which are the responsibility of Local Authorities.

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