Chief executive of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation has paid tribute to his predecessor, describing the late Joey Murrin as “a man who had an inate and forensic knowledge of the fishing industry” and an ability to convey complex issues in simple understandable terms.

“Joey Murrin was a giant of the Irish fisheries sector,” remarked Seán O’Donoghue.

Joey Murrin

Joey Murrin was a founding member of the KFO, serving as chief executive for over 20 years. During that time he left a legacy of fighting the corner of the sector on local, regional, national and European platforms. 

He also served as a board member and chairman of Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency, BIM; as a board member of the Marine Institute as well as chairman of government committees and task forces.

“His passing leaves a great void, but he can genuinely be proud of what he achieved and his understanding of the challenges facing the sector was deep-rooted and could be matched by few, if any.

“Joey Murrin was born and bred in Killybegs, Co Donegal, fising was in his DNA.  When I succeeded Joey as chief executive in 2000, he was a tremendous source of good counsel and sage advice.

“His loss will be sorely felt and I wish to offer my deepest sympathy to his wife Betty, his children Eilish, Malachy, Edel, Joseph and Alan, but we are all the better for having had the benefit of his sharp intellect, irrepressible drive and far-reaching vision.

Michael Creed, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine paid tribute to the late Joey Murrin, describing him as “the iconic leader of the Irish fishing industry, the fishermen’s champion”.

“Joey’s very warm and distinctive voice on Irish radio, arguing the fishermen’s cause, became part of the soundtrack of people’s lives over many years and raised the profile of his industry inestimably.”

Joey Murrin helped to steer and develop Ireland’s fishing industry in the early years of EU membership and played “no small part” in developing the modern fising industry.

“His family and friends can take some comfort…from the successes he delivered over a lifetime of selfless commitments to the fishing industry,” remarked Minister Creed.

‘Go ndéana Dia trócaire ar a anam uasal.’

The team at Inshore Ireland also offer their sincere condolences to the Murrin family, his friends and the wider fishing community.