November 2012

In November Deirdre celebrated a landmark birthday and the entire family had a wonderful celebration in Lough Inagh Lodge. This involved an energetic weekend of exercise including walking, cycling a soccer match on Glassilaun, a swim in the Atlantic for the brave and a wonderful celebration party in the Lodge to cap it all off.…

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October

On the 27th October we had a family celebration with our nephew Lonan in Killary Adventure centre. Its hard to describe in words what us oldies had to do so a few photos will tell a better story!! In this photo Greg and Christopher get to the top of a very tall and wobbly totem…

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August 2012

On the 15th August 2012 the leaving certificate results came out. Christopher achieved his objective in points – here he is pictured with the proud parents – he’s off to College in Dublin. This year was the 10th anniversary of the death of Professor Graham Shaw from Windgates in Co. Wicklow. Graham was a very…

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July 2012

A recent trip to Lough Muck in Connemara after a 40 year absence – yielded nothing unfortunately – Spud was unimpressed. July 2012 Daylight shows off the Volvo Ocean racing boats in all their splendour. A week of concerts and celebrations begin! July has brought the Volvo Ocean Race to Galway for the second time…

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June 2012

Recently we were visited by two good Donegal lady anglers! Anne Croke originally from Galway landed two nice trout on the fly after a good long day’s perseverance! Lough Corrib continues to produce trout to the fly and a significant number are being caught on Mayfly patterns. Following the initial lull after the Mayfly the…

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May 2012

In May we had some new anglers although some were re-visiting the Corrib after a break. Retired surgeon Brendan McDevitt and his two sons Stephen and Joseph landed a cracker during May. When fishing everyone should use the tried and tested advance warning system of the attentive dog! Here Spud is on the lookout for…

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April 2012

There has been some excellent fishing in recent days – we got a nice bag of trout  on the 9th using wetfly olive patterns under the surface. 8th April 2012 The RAS Connemara took place over the Easter Weekend. There was some excellent sport – with a time trial and race around the Glann –…

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March 2012

19th March 2012 March has arrived along with the daffodils. There is good duckfly fishing on the lake in fact most anglers have encountered fish and the recent survey of adult fish in the lake revealed good stocks of trout comparable with the last survey in 1996. At the weekend we have the St. Patrick’s…

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January 2012

Spawning of trout in the Owenriff river was really good with hundreds of fish counted in the stretch from the house to the Church. – Clearly the anglers did a bad job catching the fish in 2011 – there’s always 2012!. Already boats are being painted and several having some timber work done in preparation…

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October 2011

3rd October 2011 The season finally ended on the 30th September following the lowest Summer temperatures in years. Ironically some of the last days of September were the hottest of the year – but most of the good weather was in Dublin! Trout fishing wise it was a disappointing year with fewer anglers fishing the…

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August 2011

Towards the end of August Christopher and I headed to Kerry for a few days prior to the starting of the school term. We climbed Carrauntoohil – the highest mountain in Ireland for the first time. We planned to climb the mountain by one of the nicer routes and followed the route in Jim Ryan’s…

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July 2011

For the very first time in 25 years we actually took a holiday in July. With a wedding to attend in New Jersey on the 16th July we spent two weeks in New York State, Connecticut and New Jersey. Thanks to Dave Phat and Brian Walshe of Long Island we were treated to some fabulous…

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June 2011

The summer has been very unusual this year. April had the best dry sunny weather, may was very windy for every day of the month. Much of that continued into June and we are still having more than our fair share of colder than normal weather. Because of this fishing has in general been poor.…

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May 2011

Well  the new trout season is well and truly underway and some good fish have been caught. The mayfly is up and running and most people are catching fish. it is quite windy so the flies are skating over the surface – difficult for dappers but successful for dryfly fishermen! The boating requires care not…

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April 2011

On Friday 1st April 2011 Oughterard hosted the President of Ireland to a presentation of all the voluntary effort around the town. A fantastic day was had and everyone in the town made a huge effort to ensure that the town looked splendid. Deirdre was the co-ordinator and host of the event!   So Oughterard…

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January 2011

December – January was one of the coldest spells in history around here! The river froze – to the extent that we needed a crow bar to break the ice! The lake froze all the way to Rouillaun! We had temperatures of -12 degrees centegrade on Christmas morning – with no water!! We got over…

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