A lot of my latest work had been "foreign" based, that is I done videos/songs in Spanish, about America cities, on the Caribbean etc. A little part of me felt guilty for not promoting my own culture. It didn't take long for me to pick this song "Trasna na dTonnta", an old traditional classic sung in Irish or "Gaeilge" and taught to almost every primary school kid over the decades. I had to find a video to help it along and couldn't go no further than the nearest fishing village, Kilmore Quay, and shoot something that would help portray the translated title of "Across the waves".
5:30am start, no waiting about, the lads, Andrew, Jimmy & John were hauling in the days bait of Haddock carcus and the small tin teapot was bubbling contently over the small gas stove in the cataraman cockpit. It was a calm morning and relatively mild considering the usual weather felt on these coastlines. We departed the docking square and headed ocean bound, a few seagulls following suit for curiosity and to see if they could source some fish scraps.
It took about 40 minutes to get to Carnsore Point, the south-east tip of Ireland which is land marked with a group of large wind turbines. The sea was relatively calm and the sun was slowly poking its head through the clouds as the day went on. Although filming like a fly-on-the-wall I was taking in the day to day tasks of these lads, whom today were out to catch lobster & crabs. Using high-tech sonar & GPS equipment, the captain would locate the planted lines of lobster pots or creels on the sea bed. This ranged in depth of 10-20 meters below sea surface. The floating buoys were located and pulled ashore before the line being mechanically drawn in by a spool. Each lobster pot was assessed & subsequently prepared for the the next set out. Each cage could contain a number of crabs, lobster, dog fish and star fish. The smaller catch was tossed back in and often the lads would have to check measurements, a requirement to filter out that which is legal
The creel was prepared by ensuring fresh bait was secured inside and the opening door securely fixed. These creels allow the catch to get into the cage through a net tunnel however they cannot escape once inside.
After this. the prepared creels are stacked orderly on deck before being ejected from the ship rear and to the bottom of the sea bed. Each line is GPS recorded and ready to be left for a number of days before being re-handled & brought on board again.
The days work ended around lunch time. The sun really burst through in the morning and some of the views of Kilmore Quay, Carnsore Point and the Saltee Islands were awesome. On days like this it would appear that a fisherman's job is quite enjoyable, although I cant imagine the task at hand through a rough, typical patch of Irish weather. It was a truly memorable day out and the boys were great fun, enjoying mugs of tae, the odd cigarette and an ongoing dispute of the best premier league football team!
Please check out the song and video and the bottom of the page, Hope you enjoy!
Watch the full video of "Trasna na dTonnta" below
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