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5 Aug 2012

Nomads: the farewell tour

I'm just about to embark on the last trip which will go into the making of Nomads of the Tides. The project began uncertainly in Connemara, in 2007, and gathered pace in the succeeding years. It seems appropriate, somehow, that next week's trip will take me back to Connemara, where the book (and indeed my own white-trout fishing) began, and continue into Mayo. For the record, the waters we've fished (or otherwise researched) and which will be represented in the book, may be found in the following list, which is pasted here from the Nomads index:

Argideen, river (Cork)
Aughrim, river (Wicklow)
Avoca, river (Wicklow)
Avonbeg, river (Wicklow – see Avoca)
Avonmore, river (Wicklow, see Avoca)
Ballisadare, estuary (Sligo)
Ballynahinch, river and system (Galway)
Ballyness Bay (Donegal)
Ballyveeny, river (Mayo)
Bandon, river (Cork)
Bann, river (estuary – Co. Coleraine)
Bann, river (Wexford) – see Slaney
Beagh, Lough (Donegal)
Bellanaboy, river (Mayo)
Beltra, Lough (Mayo)
Boro, river (Wexford) – see Slaney
Boyne, river and estuary (Meath)
Bundorragha, river – see Delphi
Burn Dennett, river (Co. Down)
Burrishoole (Mayo)
Carlingford Lough (Louth/ Co. Newry and Mourne)
Carrowmore Lake (Mayo)
Cashla, river (Galway)
Castletown, river (Louth)
Cloonaghlin, Lough (Kerry – and see Currane, system)
Costello, system (Galway)
Crana, river and estuary (Donegal)
Currane, Lough and system (Kerry)
Dargle, river (Wicklow)
Dawros, river (Galway)
Delphi (Mayo)
Derriana, Lough (Kerry – and see Currane, system)
Dodder, river (Dublin)
Doohulla, system (Galway)
Doolough (Mayo) – see Delphi
Drumcliff, river (Sligo)
Erne, estuary (Donegal)
Erriff, river (Mayo)
Eske, Lough (Donegal)
Feale, river (north Kerry)
Feeagh, Lough – see Burrishoole
Fermoyle, strand (Kerry) – see Owenmore (Kerry)
Finlough (Mayo) – see Delphi
Furnace, Lough – see Burrishoole
Glenamoy, river (Mayo)
Glencar Lough (Sligo)
Glencullin, Lough – see Delphi
Glencullin, river (Mayo)
Gowla, river and system (Galway)
Gweebarra, estuary (Donegal)
Ilen, river (Cork)
Inagh, Lough (Galway)
Inny, river (Kerry)
Inver, system (Invermor and Inverbeg, Galway)
Kylemore, system (Galway)
Lackagh, estuary (Donegal)
Moneycarragh, estuary (Co. Down)
Moy Estuary (Mayo)
Namona, Lough (Kerry – and see Currane, system)
Newport, river (Mayo)
Nore, river (Kilkenny)
Owenduff, river (Mayo)
Owengarve, river (Mayo)
Owenmore, river (Mayo)
Owenmore, system (Kerry)
Roe, river (Co. Londonderry/Derry)
Screebe, system (Galway)
Shimna, river (Co. Down)
Slaney, river (Carlow and Wexford)
Strangford, Lough (N. Ireland)
Tarsaghaunmore, river (Mayo)
Tawnyard, Lough (Mayo)
Urrin, river (Wexford) – see Slaney
Vartry, river (Wicklow)

 I have strangely mixed feelings on this eve of departure, but I'll spare you those here - and will only add that among the mixed feelings are very deep and real promptings of gratitude for the company, hospitality and expertise Ken, James and I have enjoyed and which have been so readily shared with us. And so, to paraphrase the late, great Douglas Adams - Farewell, then, and thanks for all the fish.

Illustration from Maxwell, Wild Sports of the West (1832)

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