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Irish Skipper Expo 2020

Limerick 13-14 March

Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday 10am-4pm

Now in its 16th year, Irish Skipper Expo 2020 (13 and 14 March), which will be held in Limerick, is Ireland’s flagship fisheries show that attracts large numbers of exhibitors and visitors from all over the world.

Previously known as Skipper Expo Int. Galway, the success of the event and its rapid expansion over the years has resulted in the show moving to the UL Sport Arena in Limerick for 2020 under the new name of Irish Skipper Expo.

UL Sport Arena, based in the grounds of the University of Limerick, will hold all the exhibitors in one spacious hall, enabling more and even bigger stands, providing a much better overall visitor experience. A large outside display area located adjacent to the visitor entrance will offer an opportunity to showcase much larger products and boats.

The venue offers many other benefits, including onsite catering and bar facilities, its ease of accessibility and excellent car parking facilities. There is an excellent road network to UL, which is located just off the M7, and Shannon Airport is only 35 kilometres from the show venue, from where there is an excellent range of scheduled flights.

The show was founded by Mara Media, a publishing and event management company based in Annagry in Co. Donegal, Ireland. Mara Media publishes the widely respected ‘The Skipper’ magazine, a monthly publication for the Irish and UK fishing industries.

The success of the Irish Skipper Expo has led to the creation in 2011 of the Scottish Skipper Expo (formerly Skipper Expo Int. Aberdeen), which in 2020 will be held at the new P & J Live exhibition arena in Aberdeen (15 and 16 May).

The Skipper Expos have gone from strength to strength due their popularity with exhibitors and visitors from Ireland and beyond. The success of the Irish Skipper Expo can be attributed to the fact that it is a great place to do business, as well as being the ideal venue for the fishing industry to network and socialise.

Such success is confirmed by the universally positive testimonials from exhibitors and visitors alike. The team at Mara Media has the philosophy of continually consulting with exhibitors and visitors to ensure the show fully meets their requirements.

Show Sponsors

Latest News

Cavanagh Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd

Cavanagh Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd

Irish Skipper Expo sponsor, Cavanagh Hooper Dolan Insurances Ltd, provide a comprehensive and competitive range of professional products and services to both individuals and companies. Services include a wide range of marine and general insurance products for all...

Sustainability – key focus for BIM at Irish Skipper Expo

Sustainability – key focus for BIM at Irish Skipper Expo

Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Ireland’s seafood development agency is returning as main sponsor to Irish Skipper Expo 2020 next spring. The trade show, being held in Limerick next year, is set to be the biggest yet. More than 3,000 members of the fishing sector attended...

Inshore fishing groups looking forward to Irish Skipper Expo

Inshore fishing groups looking forward to Irish Skipper Expo

First time Irish Skipper Expo exhibitors, the National Inshore Fishermen’s Association (NIFA) and the National Inshore Fishermen’s Organisation (NIFO) will be on stand 106. Established around two years ago and growing in size steadily since then, these relatively new,...


How To Book Your Stand For 2020

Stand prices are €180 per square metre
Shell Scheme stands come with shell wall panels, carpet & name panel with your company name printed.

 Cost as follows for our most popular stand sizes:

  • 3m x 1m = 3sqm x €180 = €540
  • 3m x 2m = 6sqm x €180 = €1080
  • 3m x 3m = 9sqm x €180 = €1620
  • 3m x 4m = 12sqm x €180 = €2160
    We will endeavor to work with your stand size requirements should they be outside the above.

*Electrical Package = €100
*Furniture Packages are to be booked directly with Higgins Furniture Hire, details of which will be in the Exhibitors Manual.

Contact Sharon Boyle 
Commercial Fishing Sales Manager

Email: sharon@maramedia.ie
Tel: 00353 (0)74 95 48037
Mob: 00353 (0)86 8401250

New Venue / How to Get There

UL Sport, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick V94XT66

UL Sport, has excellent road, rail and air transportation links. The arena is positioned on the University of Limerick campus in Castletroy, just off the M7. Shannon Airport is only a 35 minute drive away with flight connections available to Edinburgh, London, Manchester among other UK and Western Europe airports. Limerick City Centre is within easy reach of UL Sport and Limerick (Colbert) Railway Station is a short 15 minute drive away.

With the venue just off the motorway avoiding city traffic.

Galway (M18) – 1hr 30 min
Cork (M8) – 1hr 30 min
Dublin (M7) – 2 hrs.
Waterford – 2 hrs
Donegal 3hr 30 min to 4hrs.
Belfast 3hr 45


Castletroy Park Hotel
Approx €10 in a taxi to show centre or 1.4km walk

Tel: +353 (0)61 335566 
Email: reservations@castletroypark.ie
Quote: Irish Skipper Expo

Hotel rooms – Bed & Breakfast Rates (price applicable per night)
€97 Single 
€114 Double/Twin 
€124 Triple 

Suites – Bed & Breakfast Rates (price applicable per night)
Suite with Utilities – €94 Single / €104 Double / Twin 
Suite with Kitchenette – €104 Single / €114 Double / Twin 
Premier Suite – €114 Single / €124 Double / Twin  
Terrace Suite – €124 Single / €134 Double / Twin 

*Note on Suites – Housekeeping Service Every 3 days – No Room Service
Following located on the grounds of the hotel – Local Supermarket, Hairdresser, Bank, Restaurant, Café, Pharmacy, Doctors Surgery.


Kilmurry Lodge Hotel
Approx €10 in a taxi to show centre at UL or 1.5 km walk

Tel: +353 (0)61 331 133 Ext 2
Email: info@kilmurrylodge.com
Quote: Irish Skipper Expo

Hotel Rooms – Bed & Breakfast Per Night, (price applicable per night)
Single: €89.00
Twin/Double: €104.00
Triple: €124.00

2019 List of Exhibitors

2019 list of exhibitors for reference only

This list of exhibitors was compiled by Mara Media with permission from the individual exhibitors. This list is the exclusive copyrighted intellectual property of Mara Media and is reproduced here for informational purposes only. Any unauthorized commercial use or reproduction of this list, including soliciting exhibitors or representing yourself as an agent of the trade show is prohibited and may subject you to civil and criminal liability.

Company Name Stand No.
Christy Hannon Engineering 01
Ziegra Ice Machines 02
Finning Power Systems 03
CH Marine 04
Thyboron Trawldoors 05
Seaquest Systems 06
North Sea Shipbrokers 07
Tysons Ship Riggers 08
The Skipper – Show Organisers  08 a
Swan Net Gundry 09
Arklow Marine 10
Marine Design International 11
Bere Island Boatyard 12
WestWard Scania 13
Glen Campbell Painting 14
Mooney Boats 14
Barry Electronics 16
Davidsons Painters 17
AIB (Allied Irish Bank)
Guy Cotten UK 19
Mullion Survival Technology 20
Clements Engineering 21
Charles Cleghorn Ltd 23
Marine Institute 24
Peter Bruce (Patsy) Ship Painters 25
MacGregor (GBR) 26
Christy Hannon Engineering 27
Riverdale Mills Corp. 28
KER Services 30 a
Cummins   30 b
O’Sullivan Marine 30 c
Union Chandlery 31
Latitude Kinsale 32
CA Clase UK Ltd  33
McDonnells (Queen Street) Ltd 34
Whispaire 34 b
Polar Doors 35 a
Liam Mc Dermot Pots 35 b
Belco Marine 36
BIM – Bord Iascaigh Mhara – Show Sponsors 37
Cavanagh Nets 38
 Department of Marine 39
Mantsbrite Marine 40
Anderson Marine 41
DMG Welding Services 42
Jackson Trawls   42 b
Marine Survey Office 43
HBG Service ehf 44
Prolines 44 a
Atlantic Marine Supplies Ltd 45
Mermaid Marine 46
KK Hydraulics 47
Scanmar 48
Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority 49
Injector Doors 50
RNLI Fishing Safety 51
Barrus   52
Hardware & Marine Supplies 53
Cleggan Marine 54
Globeweigh 55
Finer Filters 56
Aquabroker 57
Jimmy Walsh – One Stop Prop Shop   58
Ryan & Roberts 59
Craemer UK 60
Echomaster Marine 61
Sofrimar 62
Tom Hand Electronics 63
Murphy Marine Services 64
Cavanagh Hooper Dolan 65
Padmos Engine and Ship Repair 66
Solent Engineering Services 67
Fishing News 68
ASTANDER Shipyard 68 b
Michigan Marine Propulsion (MMP) 69
South Shore Marine & Diesel 70
Proteum 72
Kerry ETB 73
Bison Engineering Ltd 74
EK Marine 75
Art Kavanagh  76
Fairwater Fishing 77
KT Nets  78
Engine Solutions 79
Marine & Industrial Transmissions Ltd 80
A.S.A.P Supplies  81
Teignbridge Propellers
Medley Pots 83
Commissioner of Irish Lights 84
Mactex Oil Distribution Ltd 85
Selva Marine 86
Crown Marine Seats 87
Morgere Trawl Doors 88
Chartistic  89
Clever Lighting and Electrical  90
Shipshealth 91
Onsite Power Generation Ltd  92
R & D Marine  93
T.M. Marine 93
Jesslight Limited 94
Marport 95
BIM – Bord Iascaigh Mhara – Show Sponsors  96
BIM – Bord Iascaigh Mhara – Show Sponsors  96 b
The Fresh Fish Deli  97
L.A.S.T (Lost At Sea Tragedys) Charity 98
Ross Boat Photos  99
Errigal Bay  100
VHF & Chartplotter Training 102
RNLI Fundraising 103
Inshore Ireland 104
Fishermen’s Mission 105
BIM Coastal Training Unit – Show Sponsors BM 01
EK Marine BM 05
Pat O’Donnell & Co. BM 06
G. Smyth Boats BM 09
Costello Boats BM 11 
Irish Coast Guard Unit BM 12
Seaquest Systems BM 13
MMG Welding BM 16
KK Hydraulics BM 17
O’Sullivan Marine BM 19
Stor-Loc BM 20
PR & Advertising

Your Only Official Show Publications

“The Skipper”, our monthly magazine and “Showguide” are the only two official publications for your shows. All Visitors will have free access to these publications which will be distributed at your next show. Exhibitors will also receive both publications in their exhibition packs.

Click on the image below to view a pdf copy of the 2019 Showguide – For reference only!

Mara Media provide a free PR service to exhibitors at our 3 shows, Irish Skipper Expo, Scottish Skipper Expo & English Skipper Expo.

Catch PR may contact exhibitors in the lead up to the shows for a feature/testimonial etc., for use in our latest news, our monthly publication The Skipper, our social media sites and other marine related publications. 

Companies may also contact Catch PR using the details below:

Keith Broomfield; 
T: 0044 (0)1259 742575
E: keith@catchpr.co.uk
W: www.catchpr.co.uk
W: www.catchpromotions.com

Please take full advantage of this service provided by Mara Media.  


Click on the image to open a high resolution copy of the Floorplan!


Exhibitor Manual

Click on the image below to open as pdf.

Exhibitor Warning

We would like to remind all our Visitors and Exhibitors that we take your privacy very seriously. Unfortunately, our exhibitors are often approached from various scam companies offering listings, advertising and/or accommodation in the lead up to our shows.

Mara Media strongly advise you, to be extremely vigilant against bogus organisations who do not represent our company. If in doubt always contact us before signing forms or engaging in conversation. 

Mara Media does not permit third parties to undertake unsolicited mailing to our customers and we do not pass on your contact details. 








Excellent show great atmosphere a lot of new faces and great to meet some of the old ones too. It’s getting better with age. A big thanks to Sharon and the team.

Eddie Moore

Co. Kerry

Fantastic opportunity to meet everyone from the marine industry in Ireland. Great show with a family like atmosphere, well done Sharon and team.

Peter Burke

Co. Waterford

A great show to meet new customers and our dealers. Our best year so far with lots of interest in the Lars Thrane Iridium Sat phone system and the KVH V7HTS VSAT systems.

Andy Banting

C A Clase UK Ltd

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