Irish Fly Fishing and Game Shooting Museum

Attana House, Attanagh, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Irish Fly Fishing and Game Shooting Museum
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Full Description

The museum was founded in 1986 by Walter Phelan, who comes from a family
devoted to fishing. He has restored and adapted a traditional farmhouse to
house a collection of vintage rods, reels, guns, tackle, tools and specimens
of birds and fish.
Exhibits tell the stories of hunting and fishing from two angles. They show
ingenious devices — such as hollowed cow horn, used to hold mayflies for
fishing — made by ordinary people who hunted and fished to supplement
their diets.
The museum also displays the exquisite guns, rods and tackle used by the
well-to-do, who hunted and fished for sport. An entire room is dedicated to
Garnett’s & Keegan’s, an Irish firm that supplied fine fishing and hunting
equipment worldwide. One of the highlights of the museum is its collection
of flies, some of which date to the early 1800s.
Visitors to the museum can enter reconstructions of a Gamekeeper’s Room
from the 1800s and a Gunsmith’s Workshop from about 1900. Other displays
are housed in the Fishing and Game Shooting Room, the Trophy Room,
the Clay Pigeon Room, the Boat House, and the Hatching Room. An everexpanding
Library contains information on all aspects of fishing and hunting
in Ireland.