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John Gallagher

John Gallagher was born to a seaside house in Carrickfinn, County Donegal on 30 June 1948. He was the third born in a family of 12, so had to become very independent very quickly.

The sea was always going to be his desired career path & after fishing in Carrickfin up to the age of 16, John started on his first trawler, Meta Bruce with Frank McCallig in 1964.

This then led onto fishing with Frank’s brother Johnny on the Angelique where in conjunction with his deck duties, John also became the engineer...

our inspiration: John Gallagher

John Gallagher RIP,

Gentleman of the Sea,

lead by inspiration

The Pride of Ulster

Early Career

In the early 70s, John purchased his first vessel along with some of his brothers, the Pride of Ulster. This was the first vessel he was to skipper. The Pride of Ulster mainly fished for Salmon from Donegal right down to Mayo.

Image © 'The Irish Skipper,' December 2005 edition

The Oilean Glas

Home to Killybegs

Again, John was to return to Killybegs in the mid 70s with his next vessel, Oilean Glas which was a larger vessel & fished mainly for whitefish. This boat was fished very successfully & very hard up to the end of the 80s, where his next venture was to come to light.

The Golden Rose

Pelagic Trawling

The 90ft, steel pelagic vessel, Golden Rose was designed & built from new, initially in Holland & then completed in Cobh, County Cork & launched in 1980.

The Golden Rose was a pair trawler & at this time, John Oglesby, the owner skipper of The Neptune, built an identical sister vessel so the two gentlemen could pair trawler together.

This was the start of the pelagic fishing in Ireland & the “two Johns” were some of the pioneers of bringing the fishery successfully to Irish waters & soon afterwards, the world was to follow.

Image © John Baird

Tragedy and coming ashore

In the early 80s, the pelagic fishery was in its infancy, this was a tough time for these fishermen until they mastered the art. The Golden Rose & the Neptune were lengthened by 30ft in 1986 & again another 6ft on the stern thereafter for additional fuel storage.

John Oglesby was killed in a terrible accident on board the Neptune on 12 February 1988, which greatly effected both crews & the entire fishing community at the time. This accident lead onto bringing a rescue air service to the area.

John continued to skipper the Golden Rose until 1999 when the business was sold & he came ashore to become production manager in Gundry’s Net Factory & afterwards worked in production in Swan Nets after the two companies amalgamated.

The Keithlyn

Sailing for Pleasure

For the summers, John bought another boat, this time purely for pleasure, & this is where he liked to spend all his free time on the Shannon until unfortunately falling ill.

After John’s death on 22 December 2018, Atlantic Coastal Cruises was launched the following Summer of 2019.

The Pirate Queen

Atlantic Coastal Cruises

We would like to think this new start up was inspired out of John’s love for the sea & looks to continue the family association for many years to come.

John Gallagher, Gentleman of the Sea, Lead by Inspiration. RIP.