The Blessing of the Boats takes place under the shadow of the Bridge at the edge of the river Laune, 1954. Source: The Patrick Houlihan Collection.
Under the shadow of the Laune Bridge at Killorglin, the fishermen of the K.R.D. firm pose for the traditional photograph taken in 1954 prior to the annual blessing of the boats. January 17th is the official opening day for net salmon fishing in the River Laune. Succeeding generations of the families seen here have manned the boats. FR. Paddy Brick RIP, Michael Conway, Fr. Michael Stack, Jeremiah Mangan, Mangan, KRD, B Mangan, JJ Drugan, Inspector Water Keeper, Michael O’Sullivan, Clerk and Weighmaster, KRD, Tim Mangan, Tim Stack, BR. Danny Garvey, Batty Flynn, J Sheehan, John Reilly, Timothy Ferris, James McKenna, Thade Clifford, Michael Murphy, Thade Sheehan, Jack Murphy, Tim Griffin, Maurice McKenna, Eugene Mangan, Willie Mangan, Patrick Sullivan, Jer McKenna, Diarmuid Flynn, Sean ScKenna, Mick McKenna, Jerry Griffin, J McKenna, KRD is the name of the firm – founders of the Laune Fisheries.