Thursday, January 24, 2013

Union Haul

Walking my dog on Killiney Beach yesterday I came upon a fine sturdy plastic container washed up on the shoreline. Thinking it would be ideal to store logs, I stuck it in the boot and brought it home. It was emblazoned with the identifier: Union Hall Fishermens Co. Could this really have made it all the way up the Irish Sea from West Cork? Or more prosaically had it made its way down the coast from Dun Laoghaire or Bullock Harbour, places where commerce in fish occurs. A creepy coincidence is that it's exactly a year since that Union Hall trawler sank with the loss of five lives near Glandore.