One of Dingle's true old stock passes away

ONE of Dingle's old stock, fisherman Benny Moore, passed away last Saturday morning, and with him went a wealth of stories and lore of the Dingle fishing industry.

Benny, who was born in Dingle, was involved in fishing communities both in Dingle and Killybegs for decades. His father, Ned Moore, brought his first boat to Killybegs in 1939 and lived there for 17 years with sons Mossie, Paddy-Joe and Benny where they were key figures in the local fishing industry.

'The Undaunted' was the name of Benny's first boat - a 75 footer in which he fished out of Killybegs for 30 years before returning to Dingle in the late 1960s.

According his daughter, endurance swimmer Nuala Moore, Benny was a fisherman to his core.

"He lived for the sea and like all that generation they showed no fear," she said. "It was a tough life back then and they passed down a wealth of information."

Nuala - who has represented her country on numerous occasions and has swam around the coast of Ireland and relay-swam the Bering Strait from Russia to the USA - also spoke of her father's influence in relation to her own interactions with the sea.

"As young children he would bring us out to Slaudeen on a Sunday on the boat and we would jump off and swim into the shore - I never feared any swim I took on," she said.

"When I was heading off to the Bering Strait and I was explaining our swim to him he replied: 'Sure a man can live for three days in that water'."

Mr Moore was laid to rest on Tuesday, March 4, in St Brendan's Cemetary, Milltown, following requiem Mass in St Mary's Church. He is survived his daughters Mary and Nuala, son Eddie, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, nieces nephews, relatives and friends.