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iRIsh Skipper Expo

23 & 24 February 2024

Friday 10am – 6pm
Saturday 10am – 4pm

UL SPORT ARENA LIMERICK

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Dates Announced – Irish Skipper Expo to take place on the 23rd & 24th February 2024

After what was hailed by many as ‘a successful Irish Skipper Expo’, the dates for the 2024 Irish Skipper Expo have been announced, with the event set to return to UL Sport Arena, Limerick on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th February 2024.

The energy returned to the event this year after a tumultuous few years, with vibrant visitors queuing up in steady streams throughout the weekend, eager to check out the sell-out show. This year’s event saw a 27% increase on the overall number of visitors, but it was the enthusiasm and desire to look towards the future of the industry with optimism that was most impressive. 

With over 140 exhibiting companies from 15 different countries worldwide, the exhibition hall was filled with products and services of the highest quality and from across all sectors of the commercial fishing sector. As well as all of the returning exhibitors, many of whom have exhibited at every show since it began in 2005, this year’s Irish Skipper Expo also had 30 new companies exhibiting for the first time which added to the energy of the show.

First time exhibitor Noreen Veldman of Errigal Training Centre expressed her delight in her experience at the show saying, “The Skipper Expo was one of the best organised and efficiently run Exhibitions we have attended, from start to finish. From an exhibitors point of view, the show organisers were on hand to assist at all times, fantastic venue choice at UL Sports complex – accessible and spacious.”  

The Irish Skipper Expo prides itself as being a relaxed yet professional setting to conduct positive business in a face-to-face manner and this year’s event certainly lived up to that.

Sharon Boyle, Commercial Fishing Manager with show organiser’s Mara Media explained, “ We were thrilled by the number of exhibitors who visited the Skipper stand before the end of the event to express their delight in the show and their overall business success as a result. One exhibitor actually said that their company had taken so many orders at the event that it would keep them in business for the rest of the year.”

Exhibitor Mike Ruane also commented on the success of Ruane Maritime at the show stating, “We had an excellent show with great footfall and we already have confirmation of courses booked in as a result. We also found the show excellent for networking.”

Your Industry, Your Show’, remains as the motto for Ireland’s only commercial fishing show and the Irish Skipper Expo team were delighted to be able to fulfil many of the wishes set out by exhibitors and visitors last year.

Sharon further explained, “Selecting the right dates was our main priority for this year’s event and after close consultation with a number of fishermen and exhibitors, thankfully the end of February certainly did ‘reflect the right tides’. That is why we have decided to go with the same weekend in 2024.”

Another point made by a number of exhibitors was to use the show as a base for other industry events and this year marked the first time that two of the country’s leading marine conferences took place on the eve of the expo .

Both the IFA’s Annual AGM & Conference and the NMCI Seafarer’s Conference saw record numbers in attendance, with Teresa Morrisey of the IFA and Captain Brian Fitzgerald of Simply Blue Group remarking that arranging the events near the Irish Skipper Expo was a huge success.

The Skipper Team are currently reviewing the feedback from all visitors and exhibitors following this year’s show and look forward to making announcements that will further add to the overall show experience in the coming months.

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Information

Book Your Stand

Irish Skipper Expo 2024 Booking Form

To rebook your stand or inquire about booking a new stand for the upcoming show, please contact Sharon Boyle directly.

Sharon Boyle (Commercial Fishing Manager)

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

Click the image to view the 2024 Booking Form

Online Booking Form - New Exhibitors Only (approval based on availability)

ISE Exhibitors Booking Form 2024

(If applicable)
Contact Name(Required)
Address(Required)
ie. 6m x 3m, 4m x 3m, 4m x 3m, 3m x 3m
(for linking on exhibitor list)
Stand Prices(Required)
Tick required box

Exhibitors' Manual

Click the image below to view the Exhibitors’ Manual for the 2024 Show. 

The manual contains all of the information exhibitors need to be able to fully prepare for the show – it is vital that all exhibitors read the manual from beginning to end and send back the completed forms by Friday 15th September. 

Forms can be completed manually or click here to complete the forms online

2024 List of Exhibitors

Last Updated 8th February 2024

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
A.K Water Sports 90
AIB 77
Aquabroker 82
Arachas Corporate Brokers Ltd 65
ASL Safety 93
Atlantek Marine 70
Atlantic Marine Supplies 137
Barrus  81
Barry Electronics 36
Baudouin 16
Bere Island Boatyard 6
BIM 83
Bopp  101
Brian J McMullin Solicitors  54
Cavanagh Nets 66
CH Marine 41
Charles Cleghorn Limited (CCLtd) 135
Charity & Taylor 27
Clements Engineering Ltd 85
Cox Marine 81
Crown Marine Seats 35
Dawsongroup 2
Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine 103
DESMI 121
DMG Welding  42
Donegal ATU 67
Doyle Fishing Group 48
DSD Marine Solutions 13
EMFAF Marine Biodiversity & Marine Knowledge 119
Errigal Bay 38
Errigal Training Centre 43
ESB Wind Development 124
Finning UK & Ireland 11
Finol Oils 94
Galway & Roscommon ETB 115
Geneglace 74
Government of Ireland 68
Green Oil 114
G. Smyth Boats Ltd BM8/ 47
Green Tech Skillnet 98
Harland & Wolff 123
Haven Marine 61
Helmsman Systems 125
Hendy Power 13
IFPO  39
Inishowen Celtic Iron 110
Inland & Coastal Marina Systems 122
International Paint 29
Irish Coast Guard (IRCG) BM3/ 99
Irish Lights 32
Irish Marine Safety 56
Irish South & West Fish Producer’s Organisation 37
Irish Water Safety 0
Jimmy Walsh Propellers  4
Kenbro Boats Ltd 130
Killybegs Marine Cluster 67
KT Nets 45
L.A.S.T 64
Latitude Kinsale 91
Mantsbrite Marine Electronics 53
Marine Chandlery Supplies 50
Marine Design International  7
Marine Institute, Ireland 100
MarineServices.ie 126
Marine Survey Office 105
Maxar 3
McDonnells Knives & Sundries 57
McHale Marine BM6
MC Scale Models 28
Mermaid Marine 51
MIT 12
Mooney Boats Ltd 9
Morgere 71
Mullion Marine 84
Murphy Marine Services 40
National Maritime College of Ireland 79
NIFA 72
Notus  1
Nova Shipyard 60
Ocean Space Acoustics AS 52
Ocean Winds/ Bord na Móna 107
Oil Care & Services Ltd 114
O’Leary Insurance Group 44
Orsted 124
On Site Power Generation 111
O’ Sullivan’s Marine 129
P&D Marine Services Ltd 106
Padmos 80
Pat O’Donnell & Co – Volvo Penta 128
PBP Services (Scotland) Ltd 75
Polar / Mar Eco 102
Polar Refrigeration & A/C 73
Poleson Marine 70
Prolines Naval Architects 25
Proteum 8
REINTJES 10
Revenue Customs 97
Riverdale Mills 86
RNLI Fishing Safety 63
RNLI Fundraising 34
Roodberg 106
Ryan & Roberts Marine Services 112
Seabound Engineering Ltd 70
SeaQuest Systems 18
Selva Marine 109
SFPA 87
Sheehans Fishing Company 108
Simplex Turbulo 76
Simply Blue Group 92
SIRM UK Marine Ltd 104
Solgrid 95
South Shore Marine & Diesel 17
SSE Renewables  31
Swan Net Gundry 58
Teignbridge Propellers 59
Tele Radio 120
The Skipper/Mara Media 49
Thistle Marine (Peterhead) Ltd 62
Thyboron Trawldoor 69
Tyson’s Ship Riggers 46
Union Chandlery 55
VHF.ie 118
VULKAN UK  116
Westward Scania 96
Wind Energy Ireland 78
Workplace Relations Commission 88
World Fishing NA

 

Floorplan

 Last updated 19th February 2024

Check out the latest floor plan for Irish Skipper Expo 2024 with over 130 exhibitors confirmed to date.

Contact Sharon for more information

Sharon Boyle – Commercial Fishing Sales Manager

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

How to Get There

SHOW VENUE
UL Sport, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick V94XT66
https://www.ulsport.ie/

Directions from the Castletroy Park Hotel to UL Sport 

GETTING TO UL LIMERICK
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 the 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.

BY ROAD
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

         

Accommodation

Accommodation Details & Special Rates – Irish Skipper Expo 2024

The George Hotel Limerick

City Centre Hotel.

To access the special rates see below:

Phone  061 460400 or email info@georgelimerick.com with a valid credit card to secure your booking

And Quote Skipper Expo

€125 bed and full Irish breakfast per single occupancy per night

€155 bed and full Irish breakfast per double or twin occupancy per night

Virtual tour – https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=Yn2cV5nTHxj

www.thesavoycollection.com/the-george/

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Castletroy Park Hotel

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

Bookings can be made by either by:

Phone 061 335566 or Email: Hotel reservations@castletroypark.ie with a valid credit card to secure their booking.

And Quote Skipper Expo

Hotel rooms

€101 Single per room per night

€118 Double/Twin per room per night

€128 Triple per room per night

Suites

Suite with Utilities – €98 Single / €108 Double / Twin per room per night

Suite with Kitchenette – €108 Single / €118 Double / Twin per room per night

Premier Suite – €118 Single / €128 Double / Twin per room per night

Terrace Suite – €128 Single / €138 Double / Twin per room per night

https://www.castletroypark.ie/

                                                                  

Kilmurry Lodge Hotel

 

Approx €10 in a taxi to show centre or 1.2km walk

Bookings can be made by via the official website using the code: SKIPPER24

https://www.kilmurrylodge.com/.

Alternatively, they can use the link below: 

https://secure.kilmurrylodge.com/convert/site/Kilmurry%20Lodge/en/rate/7842382.html

Bed & Breakfast Rates (Per room per night)

Single: €125.00

Double: €145.00

Twin: €155.00

2023 Show Statistics & Feedback

Click the image below to read the post show report from the 2023 Irish Skipper Expo

Promotional Material

Promotional Material for Exhibitors attending Irish Skipper Expo 2024

 

We have put together promotional material that exhibitors can use across your social media accounts and website, to inform your customers and partners that you are attending Irish Skipper Expo 2024.

 

*Tip – Click on the image and click ‘save image as’ to download.

Irish Skipper Expo Logo

 

Irish Skipper Expo Save the Date – for print and web

 

Facebook Banner

Instagram Image

 

Poster

 

Your Official Showguide

Click on the image below to download a pdf copy of the 2023 Showguide (Viewing Purposes Only)

  

Exhibitors Free PR Service
Show PR:

Mara Media will provide a free PR service to Exhibitors at our 2022 shows – Irish Skipper Expo & Scottish Skipper Expo. This PR will appear on the ‘Latest News’ Section of the shows website and on our Social Media sites. It will also be considered for our monthly publication ‘The Skipper’ and our E-Newsletters.

Our PR team may contact exhibitors in the lead up to the show or you can reach them using the details below. Please take full advantage of this FREE service provided by Mara Media. 

Noreen Boyle; 
Email: admin@maramedia.ie
Tel: 
00353 – 74- 9562843

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. 

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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

First time exhibiting last year, enjoyed tremendously, lot of contacts with lot’s of sales.  We’ll be back displaying the Rototech Boat at the 2023 show.

Gerry McHale

McHale Marine

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