The anticipation continues to swell as we enter the final countdown for this year’s Irish Skipper Expo, which is taking place one month earlier, from the Friday 24th – Saturday 25th in UL Sport Arena, Limerick.
With the stands now sold out and over 140 companies confirmed to exhibit, Ireland’s flagship fishing exhibition highlights the enthusiasm and passion of the industry, fuelling the hope that our prosperous coastline and historic ports will once again thrive under Irish Fishermen.
Fully focused on the motto, ‘Your Industry, Your Show,’ the Irish Skipper Expo team have taken on board the feedback from visitors and exhibitors to ensure that the show is tailored to their ever-changing needs.
Sharon Boyle, Commercial Fishing Manager with show organiser Mara Media explains,
“The show will feature a fantastic range of products and services from the world’s leading marine brands. We have a huge variety of exhibiting companies this year, with every product and service represented – from shipyards to marine electronics, deck machinery, trawl gear and creels, as well as catch handling systems, insurance services and offshore wind energy.”
While business remains the main priority, this year’s show will be the true reunion the industry is craving, offering fishermen from around the country the perfect opportunity to meet up once again, free from Covid restrictions.
“We are also delighted that the Show Reception will return this year on the Friday evening, bringing exhibitors and guests back together to interact in a social setting with live music by Goats Don’t Shave’s, Pat Gallagher. With many exhibitors and visitors expressing that they missed the event in 2022, we look forward to organising the complimentary evening once again, as a celebration of the Irish Fishing Industry.“
With lots of uncertainty in the fishing industry in the last number of years, Sharon believes that it is important to encourage the youth to become more involved in developing innovative ways to secure the future.
“It was extremely encouraging to see the number families and young people in attendance last year – all eager to learn about the prospects of the industry and this is something that we have tried to add to this year as we believe the innovative mindsets of our youth is the way forward,” explains Sharon.
As well as this, Castletroy is set to become conference central on the eve of the show with the IFA Aquaculture’s annual conference and AGM taking place at the Kilmurry Lodge Hotel and The NMCI’S Seafarer Conference taking place at the Castletroy Hotel on Thursday 23rd March.
Entry to the event is free, and while visitors can turn-up on either day and register, it makes sense to register your attendance online beforehand, so as to ensure there is minimal waiting time at the entrance, giving you more time to browse the increasing number of stands at the show.
Online registration can be accessed via The Skipper website at: https://theskipper.ie/irish-skipper-expo/