Howth School of Fish

Not only do Dorans have the best Fishmongers on the harbour, they are also owners of 3 fabulous Seafood Restaurants. Two of which are right on the harbour and beside the fishmongers directly on the harbour in Howth. It doesn’t come any fresher than that.

Dorans on the Pier are 60 years in business in all aspects of the Fishing Industry. Sean Doran is in fact an ex Fisherman as was his father, Michael and brothers Michael jnr and Padraig. He lives and breathes all things fish!

Due to public demand Sean has recently begun Howth School of Fish to facilitate the public’s interest in food providence, sourcing, sustainability and conservation methods and initiatives used within the seafood industry. This is the perfect experience for foodies, chefs and the simply curious who want to know everything about where their seafood comes from, in a fun and casual setting.

What you’ll get

  • Immersive Experience
  • Meet Local Fishermen
  • Enjoy Fabulously Fresh Seafood
  • Privately Guided Harbour Tour
  • Exclusive Access Behind the Scenes
  • Private Dining

Dive Right In to Discover the Secrets of Seafood. Let us immerse you in the wonder of his Fishermans “tails”. You will get a wonderful insight into the amazing community and quirky characters who work on the sea around the Irish Coast. Fishermen are truly a captivating and charming group of people.

Sean and his crew will regale  you with stories of the sea both old and new and  explain the challenges that face today’s fishermen. You will never take seafood for granted again  when you hear the anecdotes as you take this behind the scenes, immersive tour of beautiful Howth Harbour.

Let us show you some of the skills that fishermen use every day. Learn some fisherman’s knots and some net mending skills, but be warned the competition can be fierce! After all the excitement  you will sit back and relax with fine wine and excellent  seafood in good company.

Cast your Net and Catch your Perfect Package

Groups from 4 to 12 are accommodated and the curriculum is completely at the call of the attendees so that everyone gets the most from their special day out in Howth.

Things to note

  • Sturdy foot ware is advised but all of the experience is on level ground with only steps to washrooms
  • Always dress for the weather! Remember
  • Irish weather can be changeable, so layers are recommended
  • An ideal day out for all who love the sea and food
  • Also suitable for anyone who wants to have a fun and behind the scenes day in the largest working fishing harbour on the east coast
  • Tea and Coffee available in the reception room all day.

At the end of every day with Howth School of Fish, our wonderful guests are usually keen to stay a little longer and enjoy the company and the wonderful setting with the new friends that they have made during the experience.  They are very welcome to do this if they wish and we will facilitate it in any way possible.

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Deckhand course

2 Hours including walking the harbour and indoor session, lively debate of all things fishing and related. We don’t mind discussing controversial topics such as over-fishing, plastics in the oceans, conservation methods and much more – you won’t be bored. We give short displays on how all the modern equipment is used on board vessels, fishing methods, navigation and safety measures amongst many other topics. When we eventually finish each participant gets a voucher for freshly caught fish and chips and soft drink
€90 per person.

First Mate

Morning or afternoon including harbour and classroom sessions as per above. We have extra time to have fun learning tying knots and splicing. We’ll ask another retired skipper join us for Q and A and regale us in the old stories of what experiences he came across during his career as a skipper. Finish with a scrumptious 3 course seafood meal in the Oar House Seafood restaurant (not including wine).
€160 per person.

Skipper Full

 A relaxed day long (course 10am to 4 pm) with above plus light lunch from 1 to 2 pm. Boat trip around Ireland’s Eye (weather permitting – refundable €50 if unsuitable) and visits to net making factory and boats in dry dock. Wind down the day by finishing with a 3 course meal with wine (1 bottle per couple), 4 –6pm.
€260 per person.

Master Mariner - €360 per person