The Fresh Fish Shop opens in Bandon

fish-shop1

Posted on: 8th November, 2016

Category: Food & Wine

Contributor: West Cork People

Pictured: Lar McCarthy at his traditional stall in Clonakilty, whilst one of his team tends to customers in Bandon.

A familiar face selling fish at Harrington’s Corner at the bottom of Clonakilty’s McCurtain Hill every Friday, Lar McCarthy of Atlantic Catch is taking a big step forward with the family business by opening a new shop, The Fresh Fish Shop, on Main Street in Bandon. The tradition of selling fish in Lar’s family dates back as far as 1821: His mother, grandfather and great grandmother all stood at Harrington’s Corner before him.

Offering an excellent selection of fish, collected fresh off the boats in Castletownbere and Union Hall, The Fresh Fish Shop also employs a fulltime chef to create its signature line of cooked seafood products, ranging from fishcakes to fish pies, giving families a choice of ready-to-go healthy, tasty and affordable meals. The shop also has a selection of seafood stirfrys, salmon in hollandaise sauce, homemade fish fingers just to name a few, as well as a collection of olive oils and Spanish soups and sauces.

Alongside the new shop in Bandon, Atlantic Catch also has two mobile refrigerated vans covering West Cork bringing the freshest of fish right to your door; the company supplies wholesale to hotels and restaurants, and in keeping with tradition, Lar can still be found at the bottom of McCurtain Hill every Friday.

Although he now employs a team of four, Lar still works every day from 5.30am until 8.30pm. He is involved in every aspect of the business, from travelling with the mobile fish shop or delivering to a hotel, to being on hand in store or filleting a fish at the Atlantic Catch filleting unit in Reenascreena. “It’s busy,” says Lar, “but we’re a great team, more like a family really.

“Our priority is to deliver ‘fresh’ fish, not even a day old, to our customers. We pick the best of it then bring it back to our professional filleting unit, where it’s all prepared.”

Long before the days of refrigerated mobile vans, Lar’s grandfather used to travel by horse and cart to Kinsale to buy fish fresh off the boats. “He’d load up the cart in Kinsale and travel all the way down to Castletownbere, selling fish house-to-house along the way and sleeping in farmers’ sheds at night. Wet bags placed over the fish kept it cool during the long day. He would then buy more fish off the boats in Castletownbere and work his way back to Clonakilty. Those were difficult times but he was an amazing man to do all this and provide for his family,” says Lar proudly.

And so the tradition continues with Lar but moves forward with the times to land the best catch of fresh fish right on the doorstep of West Cork.

Latest News Articles:

Fundraising underway for new playground in Innishannon
Enibas commemorative pendant for Colin Vearncombe to raise funds for Brú Columbanus
Dunmanway tackles food waste
Doors open in newly revamped Schull Community College
West Cork aid worker forced to wade through snake-infested swamps to help support civilians fleeing war
New community building in Ballydehob nearing completion
Castletownbere Fisherman’s Co-op wins overall ‘Green Business of the Year’ award
Trinity exhibition honours West Cork botanist
3,000 people to attend events throughout Local Enterprise Week
€1m in funding sought for a new Air Ambulance

Join us on Facebook

WHALE WATCHING AT THE OLD HEAD OF KINSALE
Have you ever wondered how you can see whales and dolphins from the headlands? This is your opportunity to learn. Cork Nature Network are delighted to be able to offer an exciting event at the Old Head of Kinsale. All levels welcome. The event will be guided by Emer Keaveney, who will explain what to look for and which species can be seen from land. The event will include an optional tour of the lighthouse which costs €10 payable on the day. Those not wishing to avail of the tour can attend the whale watching event at no cost.
To book a place contact events@corknaturenetwork.ie
... See MoreSee Less

22nd May, 2017  ·  

Excellent speakers are lined up for the Dyslexia Assoc of Ireland's Information evening in Inchydoney on June 1st from 7pm. See poster for more.... ... See MoreSee Less

19th May, 2017  ·  

Visit Cork ARC's West Cork centre on Thursday 25th May between 10am and 2pm for a special Open House and Coffee Morning in aid of the Cork's 96FM Radiothon.

This special day will give supporters and sponsors an opportunity to visit the West Cork centre, explore the therapy rooms and drop in areas and meet members of the team who together make real difference to the lives of those affected by cancer.

Please call in for a friendly cuppa and some delicious home baking. The house is located quite near the Bantry Bay Golf Club & there will be plenty of parking and an open door for all.
... See MoreSee Less

19th May, 2017  ·  

Jump to:

Top