first_imgThe late Martin Howley who passed away yesterday.There has been widespread shock at the sudden death of Killybegs-based fishing tycoon Martin Howley.Mr Howley, aged 63, died after a short illness and was a leader in the fishing industry in Killybegs and worldwide.Born in Co Sligo, he came to Killybegs in the 1970s and, along with a small number of other influential figures, has been a force for growth ever since. After fishing for 30 years, he came ashore to take over as managing director of Swan Net Ltd in 1999 and led that company to continued growth and development.He has also been an influential member of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation (KFO) and took part in negotiations both within the EU and beyond on behalf of fishing interests.A year ago, he was named managing director of a new company, Bio Marine Ingredients Ireland, which is planning to build a state-of-the-art facility in Killybegs for the extraction of fish oils, proteins and calcium for human consumption.That company is an amalgamation of the KFO and a Norwegian enterprise. The proposal is still in the planning process. Martin Howley was closely involved at all levels of the fishing industry, as a fisherman, in fish processing and net making. With other local Killybegs businessmen, he also had business interests in the United States fishing industry.Said Joey Murrin, former chairman and chief executive of the KFO: “Martin will be a tremendous loss to the fishing industry and a tremendous loss to the community. He was a natural-born leader. He will be sadly missed.”He is survived by his wife, Theresa, daughter Marguerite, and sons, Pauric, Noel and Sean.Local TD Thomas Pringle said “‘Martin Howley was a pioneer of the pelagic fishery in Ireland who was as comfortable at the helm of a boat as the boardroom of the KFO. He contributed to building a respected reputation world wide for Donegal fishermen’s skills and expertise. I would like to extend my sympathy to his family in this difficult time’.Martin will also be sadly missed by his wide circle of family and friends. SHOCK AT SUDDEN DEATH OF KILLYBEGS FISHERMEN’S LEADER was last modified: August 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img


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