BIM Women in Fisheries Network: Catherine Moore by Athena Media published on 2018-02-21T11:58:39Z "I am Catherine Moore and I live in a village called na Gorta Dubha, in Baile an Fheirtéaraigh, in the heart of the West Kerry Gaeltacht . I have lived here all my life. At just 18 I took over the family farm after my father's sudden death. I had two younger sisters so really without much thought I started milking cows and going to the Creamery, the Mart and all the work related to farming. The Irish language is part of our identity and as a Bean a Tí I welcome teenagers, and young adults, into our home for two or three weeks in the Summer to experience our culture so they can improve their Irish in a enjoyable way . In 1991 I married fisherman Eddie Moore, who had been my boyfriend for ten years - ever since I was at school. Eddie came from a fishing family and as our family grew we bought our own boat, the MVF Misty Dawn. Fishing families are resourceful, hardworking people and we do what we can to make our living from the sea. It is a family business with a difference with long hours, physically demanding, sometimes dangerous, work, and we are always re-investing to secure a future. We are at the mercy of the weather, with quota restrictions and no financial support when there is no income for weeks on end due to bad weather. But I feel lucky to be in a fishing family where there is a special connection with our past, our present and more importantly our future. What Eddie and I work for is to have a future for the next generation. We want to share our knowledge and inform the public on our work and produce." To contact Women in Fisheries Network visit www.bim.ie and find out more about its Women in Seafood programme.