Leading Journal of the Irish & UK Fishing Industries

About Us

Established in 1964, The Skipper has grown into one of Ireland and the UK’s leading commercial fishing publications. Today part of Donegal based media company Mara Media, The Skipper is printed as a glossy 48-page monthly magazine and is recognised as the leading marine media forum for coverage of all news and events within the fishing industry.

With a monthly print run of approximately 4,500 copies and a strong social media presence, The Skipper is dedicated to covering fishing related matters for our readership and is distributed and sold throughout Ireland & the UK’s coastal communities. It is also available on subscription worldwide and is distributed throughout the year at a number of industry exhibitions and events, including our own Skipper Expos, meaning our reach is wide and is expanding all the time. 

Reflecting this base and our position as a sector leader, the Skipper Expos have proven exceptionally successful and are the ideal place for anyone involved in the fishing industry to do business, network and keep updated with current trends.

First established with the Irish Skipper Expo in 2005, the Skipper Expos have gone from strength to strength. Originally held in Galway, the success of the Irish event and its rapid expansion over the years has resulted in the show moving to Limerick for 2020, for what will be our largest Irish Expo to date.

Following the success of the Irish event, Mara Media felt that the Scottish fishing sector would also benefit from an annual fisheries show, and set up the Scottish Skipper Expo in 2011, quickly followed by an English Skipper Expo in 2013. Held annually, the Aberdeen Expo has expanded year on year and is also moving to a bigger venue for 2020.

Over the years as the Expos have grown, in line with Mara Media’s philosophy, we have continually consulted with our exhibitors and visitors to ensure the shows fully meet their requirements. Our readers, exhibitors, and visitors make The Skipper what it is and as we continue to grow we continue working with them to ensure we meet their requirements. 

Our Team

Hugh Bonner

Hugh Bonner

Managing Director, Mara Media

T: +353 (0) 74 9548935
E: hugh@maramedia.ie

Hugh lives and breathes the fishing industry – it’s in his blood. Coming from a generation of fishermen, Hugh spent eight years a skipper, fishing from Burtonport on a gill netter and trawler.

He swapped the nets for notebooks in 1998 when he joined The Skipper and in 2005 he took the plunge and bought the magazine.

It was then that he setup Mara Media and has watched the business grow from strength to strength since then – and it’s all down to his passion and roots. Mara Media now has eight staff and various national and international events and publications in its portfolio.

Lia ní Aodha

Lia ní Aodha

Editor - The Skipper

M: +353 (0) 86 8239608
E: editorial@maramedia.ie

From a fishing family in Heilbhic Head, Co Waterford, Lia has been researching fisheries, management & science for the best part of the past decade.

Alongside working with small scale fishermen and women in Rwanda & South Africa, she wrote her MSc dissertation on the external dimension of the CFP and the tuna agreements the EU signs with developing countries. Since then, she has been writing her doctoral thesis on the Landing Obligation in Manchester.

Now back in Heilbhic, when she’s not behind a laptop or on the phone either there or in The Skipper office in Annagry, you’ll likely find her driving around the coasts in The Skipper van,  stop and say “hi” if you see her.

Sharon Boyle

Sharon Boyle

Commercial Fishing Manager

T: +353 (0) 74 9548037
M: +353 (0) 86 8401250
E: editorial@maramedia.ie

If you’re in any way involved in the fishing industry, chances are youve come across our Commercial Fishing Manager, Sharon Boyle.

Sharon has worked with The Skipper for the past 19 years and has spearheaded the growth of the publication as well as the launch of our annual fishing expos.

An integral part of the team, Sharon’s role spans across sales, marketing and event management, and her skills and experience in these areas enables her to produce promotional platforms for fishing industry brands that consistently delivers real results.

Bríd Boyle

Bríd Boyle

Events Co Ordinator

T: +353 (0) 74 9562843
E: brid@maramedia.ie

Bríd is the social media voice of Mara Media – she manages day-to-day running of the company website and social media accounts. She joined our team in 2014, following the completion of a Masters in Marketing.

Her role includes coordinating with exhibitors and vendors for our events and creating content and listings for social media, websites and show guide booklets. Bríd is also our point of contact for any post event feedback and is always striving to find areas where we can improve and build upon for future exhibitions.

Declan McGrath

Declan McGrath

Designer

T: +353 (0) 74 9548037
E: design@maramedia.ie

Declan joined our team back in 2010 and is an experienced graphic designer with a Masters in Motion Graphics with a focused in Visual Communications, Audio & Video.

Declan is skilled in logo design, advertising, layout and is a key player in the creation of all our publications and events.

Geraldine Boyle

Geraldine Boyle

Finance and HR Manager

T: +353 (0) 74 9562828
E: accounts@maramedia.ie

Geraldine has been with Mara Media since its inception and has more than 20 years of experience in Finance Management. Having previously worked with Glasgow City Council in various administrative roles, she has experience in taxation, bookkeeping, teaching and more.

Her qualifications include diplomas in employment law, taxation and bookkeeping, teaching and government studies.