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Irish Skipper Expo 2020 will get underway in just over a week’s time (13 and 14 March) at the fantastic new venue of the UL Sport Arena in Limerick, which for the first time will bring all the exhibitors under the one roof in a spacious exhibiting hall.

Sponsored by Irish seafood development agency, BIM, and leading marine insurer Cavanagh Hooper Dolan Insurances, and with over 145 companies from 14 different countries exhibiting, the expo will have something for everyone, with virtually every equipment and support service sector of the fishing industry represented. The exhibiting floor space is more than double the size of last year’s expo.

Four boatbuilding companies will also be present in the outside display arena, giving visitors the opportunity to see at first-hand some of the latest fishing vessel designs on the market. The outside area will also feature displays from the Coastguard and BIM’s Coastal Training Unit.

For the first time, there will be visitor registration at the expo. Visitors can register at the entrance of the expo, but those looking to beat the queues can pre-register at https://theskipper.ie/irish-skipper-expo/

Other highlights include safety demos hosted by the RNLI, which will be held in the UL Sport Arena’s swimming pool – Ireland’s first Olympic sized pool.

There will also be the “Fishermen’s Fling” – a special Charity Gala Evening which will replace the traditional Skipper Expo Buffet, in the Castletroy Park Hotel on Friday 13th March, with all the proceeds going to support families of Irish fishermen (information on buying tickets at www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-fishermens-fling-tickets-78888851679 ).

Sharon Boyle of show organiser Mara Media said: “The expo will be a great place to do business, as well as providing the ideal venue for the fishing industry to network and socialise. We look forward to welcoming you all to what promises to be a fantastic event.”

Irish Skipper Expo 2020 will be held at UL Sport Arena in Limerick on 13th and 14th March, opening times 10am – 6pm on Friday 13th and 10am – 4pm on Saturday 14th