Most Successful Welshman in Ireland since Saint Patrick draws attention to Clonbur with Giant Fish

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To continue my recent fishy theme, my eye was caught (pardon the pun) by a story in yesterday’s Irish Times about a huge Brown Trout captured in Lough Corrib here in Galway. The enormous 11 kg (24 lb) fish is the second-largest Brown Trout on record, and the largest caught in Ireland in 118 years. It was landed by Ceri Jones, a frequent visitor from the Rhonnda Valley in South Wales who plans to stuff and mount the leviathan in Burke’s pub, Clonbur, near the border with Mayo. Clonbur is a lovely North Galway village of which I have fond memories. At the beginning of the summer of 2011 I travelled to Clonbur to deliver a training course in Online Marketing as part of the Fáilte Ireland Web Supports programme. The course venue was the Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre which provides a large range of outdoor adventure activities for young and old alike. As the course was starting early, I travelled up the night before and the people running the centre looked after me so well with a bed for the night, on the house.

Hopefully the landing of this monster fish nearby will bring even more visitors to the village of Clonbur, and indeed to the great outdoors surrounding it, expertly facilitated by the good folks at the Petersburg Outdoor Education Centre.

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