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County Down fishing

Lying on the east coast of Northern Ireland, the ragged coastline of County Down hosts a number of communities, which are steeped in commercial fishing heritage, dating back to 15th and 16th Centuries.

From the Nobbies of Portavogie to the Nickies of Kilkeel, along with boats from Scotland, the Isle of Man and Cornwall, they have all played their part in the fishing history of an area of undoubted maritime richness.

Dr. Vivenne Pollock of the Ulster Museum, looks at this fishing community, from the early 20th Century until the start of World War II. More...

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