This tour will begin at the salmon shery tower. A recently refurbished mini museum, formerly used by generations of draught nets men to spot the shoals of salmon running in on the tide.
Members of Galway Civic Trust will be on site to explain the history of the tower, the draught net shery and the various memorabilia within the museum. The tour will continue upstream along the banks of the River Corrib, stopping at the now defunct commercial eel and salmon traps where Séamus Hartigan (Galway Fishery Manager) will be on hand to describe the history of the shery and how it used to operate.
Continuing to the salmon weir bridge where for the last 200 years Galwegians have leaned over to observe the resting salmon on their return migration. The tour will proceed to the current recreational wild salmon shery at the weir, where anglers from all over the world travel to fish its banks every year. Here the tour can walk the length of the shery beat, observe the anglers and speak with the shery manager about the current sheries function and history.
There is also a live underwater camera in the main salmon pool where members of the tour can hopefully get a glimpse of a spring salmon in its natural environment. The tour will culminate in the Corrib Tea Rooms for lunch and to savour some salmon dishes.
In association with Inland Fisheries Ireland & Dúchasna Gaillimhe
Tickets €17.50 + booking fee available from www.galwayfoodfestival.com