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International Year of the Salmon

The salmon is an iconic animal in Ireland. To help raise awareness of this the National Museum of Ireland is working with Inland Fisheries Ireland to celebrate the International year of the Salmon.


Children with fish trap

The salmon is an iconic animal in Ireland. It is one of just five species of freshwater fish that occur here naturally and it is the largest fish species in our rivers. Salmon have been part of the diet of Irish people for thousands of years and they hold a special place in folklore and legend, with stories like Fionn mac Cumhaill and the Salmon of Knowledge.

Children & Minister Canney with Fish Trap

However, salmon are now at risk due to changes in the environment and impact from humans. To help raise awareness of this the National Museum of Ireland is working with Inland Fisheries Ireland to celebrate the International year of the Salmon. We will use our Natural History collections and activities by our Education Department to celebrate salmon and highlight their importance as a key species for Ireland.

International Year of the Salmon Programme in the National Museum of Ireland- Natural History

Fishy Fun at the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History (Saturday, 20th of July):
Drop in to the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History Dublin to have some fishy fun and celebrate International Year of the Salmon with a range of interactive activities for all the family.

The Fishy Fun event is free and will take place from 10am-4pm, no booking required. More details coming soon.

The Salmon of Colour (June – October 2019):
Pick up a copy of The Salmon of Colour Children’s Colouring Competition in the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History during the summer months or download for free at www.fisheriesireland.ie/iys to be in with a chance of winning a €100 voucher and private tour of the museum!
Details of how to enter the completion coming soon.

Salmon Schools Workshop at the National Museum of Ireland – Natural History (October 2019):
School workshops will be hosted by experienced education staff from Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Natural Museum of Ireland – Natural History.

More information about International Year of the Salmon

More information about the International Year of the Salmon in Ireland