Ballyhack Smokehouse, located in County Wexford, is a proud family run business. The Walsh family’s fishing expertise has been handed down for five generations; ensuring that our renowned highest quality product and respect for sustainability is paramount. We like to go to every extreme to ensure that this philosophy is maintained.
Fish were traditionally caught by driftnet, and men from the village returned home from the U.K. and USA from February until the salmon season ended in August. With great enthusiasm, little else was spoken about. Salmon, was nearly one the first words uttered by many of the youngsters in the village.
The Walsh’s were all fishing for salmon from the age of 9 or 10. It was considered an honour for a boy to be allowed to carry the fish by the gill up to the local shop for sale. If the boy was not big or strong enough to stop the tail from touching the ground they were given a smaller fish to carry until they were tall enough to handle the larger salmon.
There is also a long tradition of smoking fish in Passage East (directly across the river from Ballyhack on the Waterford estuary). In those days there was an abundant supply of wild salmon, with some of the local fishermen making their catch and smoking it, in what would now be called, the artisan fashion. Salmon was traded between the villages as a delicacy and special treat.