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New Prawn Trawler “Celtic Oriel” For Clogherhead – July 2019

After being twin-rigged and fitted out for freezing prawns at sea, Barry Faulkner’s new Celtic Oriel is busy fishing out of Clogherhead and is is the latest addition to the Irish prawn freezer fleet. With 35 years at sea behind him, she’s his 9th vessel!

New Addition To Irish Prawn Freezer Fleet

Barry Faulkner’s new Celtic Oriel is the latest addition to the Irish prawn freezer fleet.

With 35 years at sea behind him, she’s the 9th vessel of Barry’s fishing career and his third currently. Replacing the Celtic Venture, which has recently been sold to Malta, she joins the Celtic Warrior II and the Celtic Chieftain.

Built in France in 1986 by Piriou, the vessel has undergone a major refit at Kearney’s yard in Kilkeel, and has been converted to twin rig with the addition of a third winch, fitted out with equipment for freezing prawns at sea, and has been completely re-piped.

The new paint job on the Celtic Oriel was done by local painters Trevor Graham and Sons Ltd. The steel trawler is 23.4 metres in length, has a beam of 7.2 metres and a draught of 3.4 metres.

Power & Hydraulics

Powered by a Caterpillar 3508 main engine and a Baudouin gearbox, the new steel trawler’s Bopp and Poclain hydraulics were installed by Bradley Hydraulics Ltd. Fitted also with a Cummins 6BT generator engine, electrics onboard were installed by Grant Poots of VH Electrics Ltd.

Winches, Nets & Electronics

On deck the vessel is fitted out with Bopp winches, including a Gilsen winch, and net drums. Nets were supplied by GK Nets, Pepe Trawls and Swan Net-Gundry. The electronics in the well kitted out wheelhouse were installed by Pat Maguire Electronics Ltd. Accommodation on the Celtic Oriel is provided by 7 berths. Safety equipment onboard have been supplied by CH Marine.


The fish room onboard is 100 cubic metres. Freezers and refrigeration onboard the Celtic Oriel have been supplied by Ken Boyle of Boyle Air, and by Willie Hogan Refrigeration Ltd. Targeting prawns, the newly twin-rigged Celtic Oriel will land her frozen at sea catch through Clogherhead Fishermen’s Co-op.

Good Fishing!

The Skipper team would like to take the opportunity to wish Barry, his wife Siobhan, son Barry and daughters Dara and Amy, alongside his Skippers and crew, all the best and good fishing.


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