A little part of Ireland is dying each day says fisherman Neilie Kavanagh, whose fury and despair at watching his entire world slip away takes central stage in a new TV3 documentary series.
It is hard not to feel sympathy for the 44-year-old, whose family have fished the shores of Arranmore Island for more than a 100 years.
“I was born and bred here, as was my father, and we’ve been fishing here all that time. For them to turn around and say we’ve been destroying the stock… it’s crazy. We’ve been doing the same thing for a 100 years.”
With barely restrained anger, the fisherman is left heartbroken over the decline of an industry that has helped fed and clothe his family for generations.
“It’s… very emotional when you are not allowed to fish. I’m so proud of that little boat…” he says as he reminisces about the boat built by his father, now used by him.
The last in a line of fisherman stretching back decades, Mr Kavanagh is the custodian of the St. Anthony, built in the family shed more than 40 years ago.
Viewers will be able to tune into the series premiere of ‘Islanders’ this Wednesday night from 9pm on TV3.
The new four part documentary series will examine the way of life for communities living on islands off the Irish coast.