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30/08/2015

Delphi Events Calendar September 2015

Can it really be September so soon? With a Food Festival and Chamber of Music Festival in Westport, the Autumn meeting of the Galway Races and International Oyster Festival as well as the Leenane Autumn Festival to mention just a few attractions, if you’re planning an early Autumn break in the West of Ireland there’s a great variety of events to choose from. And of course, whatever you choose to do, there’s always the wonderfully warm Delphi Lodge “welcome home” upon your return.

Follow this link to take a look at our new Events Calendar September 2015.

Bookings can be made through our website or by telephoning the office on +353 (0) 954-2222.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

06/08/2015

Early Autumn Package

Enjoy an early Autumn break at Delphi Lodge. During September and October we’re offering a very special package indeed.

Enjoy two nights’ Bed & Breakfast in a Classic Double Room with one Evening Dinner for two at €265 per person (sharing). Or why not stay three nights for €425 per person (sharing), Bed & Breakfast including Evening Dinner on two nights. A fine saving of 25% on our usual B&B rates, we trust you’ll agree.

To check availability or find out more details simply call Carole or Anne on +353 (0)95 42222 or email info@delphilodge.ie. We’re always happy to hear from you.

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31/07/2015

Delphi Events Calendar August 2015

Here we are in August already. Unbelievable. If you’re planning your visit to the area or being spontaneous, you might like to know what’s going on in Connemara, Galway and Westport – all no more than a few shakes of a Connemara Lamb’s tail from the luxurious comfort of Delphi Lodge. This month you can bike, hike or drive around Clew Bay’s Beautiful Gardens, there’s scuba-diving, arts, music, horse-racing, horse and dog shows, food (always food), marathons of all descriptions to run off the food…we have it all and we’re only delighted to share it with you. See you soon.

Follow this link to take a look at our new Events Calendar August 2015.

Bookings can be made through our website or by telephoning the office on +353 (0) 954-2222.

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28/06/2015

Delphi Events Calendar July 2015

Here we are in July already. Unbelievable. If you’re planning your visit to the area or being spontaneous, you might like to know what’s going on in Connemara, Galway and Westport – all no more than a few shakes of a Connemara Lamb’s tail from the luxurious comfort of Delphi Lodge. This month you can join the Annual Pilgrimage up Ireland’s Holy Mountain, Croagh Patrick, on the famous Reek Sunday (footwear optional), you can bike, hike or drive around Clew Bay’s Beautiful Gardens, there’s scuba-diving, arts, music, horse-racing, horse and dog shows, food (always food), marathons of all descriptions to run off the food…we have it all and we’re only delighted to share it with you. See you soon.

Follow this link to take a look at our new Events Calendar July 2015.

Bookings can be made through our website or by telephoning the office on +353 (0) 954-2222.

13/05/2015

Tony Smashes the Modern Record

It’s been a great start to May here at Delphi but all other fish pail into insignificance when compared to the magnificent specimen that Anthony Barrett Jolley (or just Tony to his friends) caught yesterday. The fish was sea liced and weighed in at a staggering 20lbs11ozs. The fish was hooked in the Rock Pool at 5pm and landed at 5.30pm. The pool had already been well fished by a number of experienced anglers who shall remain nameless. Tony was the fourth person to fish the pool in the afternoon. He was using one of our small double handed 12’9” house rods with a sinking tip line. The fly was very traditional, a size 6 Gary Dog double. Tony hooked the fish fairly high up in the pool just at the tail end of the white water, even though the gauge was at 50. The fish was netted by Christopher Jarman and Tony was completely shattered afterwards but he soon overcame this to have the look of a man that had just achieved something great. (So well he should)

Delphi Record Salmon 20lbs11ozs – Rock Pool - YouTube Video

imageSo I must say congratulations to Tony from all of us here at Delphi on this great achievement. I should also say thanks to Christopher for netting a fish of this size.(no easy feat). Finally this was one of our ranched MSW stock and is the biggest we have caught here either on rod or when collecting brood stock. Therefore Laurence should get a special mention as the person that actually brought this fish to the smolt stage. I would be 99% sure that the fish is a male and is most likely a 3 sea winter but as the fish is fin clipped but not tagged, we will wait on scale analysis to determine this fact.

Tony’s fish is definitely the biggest of the modern era. The previous record was not quite held for a year by John Sommerville with his 19lbs9ozs fish off Finlough last May. I believe the all time record is held by Sir. Ronald Windgate who had a fish of 21lbs8ozs on the 18th May 1963 at the Sunk Rock on Doolough, followed an hour later by one of 18lbs8ozs. Both were caught on a Jock Scott and Paddy Heneghan was the ghillie.

Before I leave the subject of Tony’s fish, I must highlight the fact that in some of the photo’s there may be no evidence of a tag. The reason for this is that the tag broke and Tony had great difficulty in holding the fish for any longer than a imageminute due to its size.

Well believe it or not we have actually caught other fish since my last update. On the 9th Jens Kober had his second of the week, a fish of 8lbs10ozs from the Turn pool on a Collie Dog. Heribert also had one from the Rock pool on a Willie Gunn of 9lbs5ozs. Paul Shalvey started his week in fine style with a sea liced fish of approx. 9lbs from the Sluice at Doolough.

Sunday was a total wash out with over 51mms (2”) of rain, with the river rising to 90. Water conditions were excellent on Monday but Finlough was unfishable in the morning due to strong gales. Tony Barrett Jolley had a lovely fish of 9lbs off the Rock pool in the morning on a Cascade conehead. In the afternoon Paul Shalvey did extremely well to land a fish of 8lbs1oz off Fin in difficult conditions. The fish was taken on a Collie variant. Finally Ronan Murphy had a fish of 7lbs2ozs from the Whin pool on a Willie Gunn.

Besides Tony’s fish yesterday we did actually land another. Ronan Murphy had a fish off Finlough of 7lbs8.5ozs on a Willie Gunn. One of the photos shows the two fish together which gives one some idea of the size of Tony’s fish.

So again well done Tony and the challenge has now been laid down for all of you to try and set a new record. You’ll have to keep the flies in the water here to be in with a shout. D.McEvoy

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30/04/2015

Delphi Events Calendar May 2015

May already and with another Bank Holiday to start us off, there’s no shortage of festivals and events taking place a mere hop, skip and a jump from the tranquillity of beautiful Delphi Valley.  May is the month of Walking Festivals (Leenane Walking Festival taking place this very weekend to name just one), ‘Challenges’ of all descriptions whether you like to bike, run or hike, and Music, Food and Film Festivals for those who prefer to take things a little easier. May is also the month of the annual Famine Walk in commemoration of our heritage and history.

For more details of what’s going on in the Connemara, Galway and Westport area, here’s this month’s event calendar. We look forward to seeing you.

Follow this link to take a look at our new Events Calendar May 2015.

Bookings can be made through our website or by telephoning the office on +353 (0) 954-2222.

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01/04/2015

Delphi Events Calendar April 2015

Room10_2368April has arrived here in Connemara and with the Westport Easter Walking Festival and Galway Food Festival to name just two of the various festivals taking place there’s plenty to cater for all tastes and interests. To take a look at the “goings-on” in April look at our events calendar here.

Follow this link to take a look at our new Events Calendar April 2015.

Bookings can be made through our website or by telephoning the office on +353 (0) 954-2222.

 

01/03/2015

Delphi Events Calendar March 2015

Connemara lambs “a leaping” in the fields – a sure sign that Spring is here and last Friday saw the start of our main B&B Season with a lovely mix of regular Delphi Guests and First-timers sitting down together for a feast of Duck Rillettes, Seared King Scallops and Tart Tatin. With St. Patrick’s Day, a Walking Festival at Croagh Patrick, Regattas, Runs, Film Festivals and more this month, it’s fair to say there’s a lot to keep you entertained. And of course, there’s always that warm Delphi Welcome awaiting you. For more details of festivals and events in the area take a look at this month’s Event Calendar.

Here’s what’s going on in the region in the coming month.
Follow this link to take a look at our new Events Calendar March 2015.

Bookings can be made through our website or by telephoning the office on +353 (0) 954-2222.

14/02/2015

Valentines’ Day’ Fish

The first signs of Spring are everywhere here at Delphi today and no better way to celebrate this than by landing a beautiful fish from the Bundorragha River.

Michael Wade did just that at 13:45pm today. Caught on a Delphi Collie from the Whin Pool and weighing in at 10lb14oz. A great fish on a wonderful Spring day!

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01/02/2015

Blast and Especially Cast Exceeds All Expectations

Delphi_Shoot_1240_1When I wrote my last blog and was waxing lyrically about the possibility of landing a fresh fish on February 1st, it was as much in hope than anything else. There is always great expectations at the beginning of any new season but what transpired here at Delphi today was beyond mine and I think most people’s wildest dreams.

A regular and experienced group of Germans who travelled from Bavaria are to say the least living in a dream this evening as between them they landed 4 springers today. The previous record for opening day was in 2001 when 2 fish were landed, so needless to say I am a little lost for words myself at this moment in time. Our 10 year average for the month of February is actually less than 4 so this year it has been achieved on the first day. It is truly incredible to land 4 spring fish on the fly in the month of February. I may be wrong but I would imagine that these are the first fly caught fish in the country this year.

Three fish were landed by very experienced anglers. The first and second were in the Meadow pool, weighing in at 5lbs5ozs and 11lbs1oz, both taken on Willie Gunn tubes. The third was caught in the Horseshoe pool and weighed in at 7lbs12ozs and was taken on a Delphi Collie.

The fourth fish of the day was taken by Andreas Durr, who managed to land his first ever, a lovely fish of 6lbs11ozs from the Kings pool on a Willie Gunn tube. Needless to say everyone was delighted for Andreas because the first salmon remains with you forever. It was indeed very fitting as Andreas’ son, Florian, with the last shot of the 2014/15 shooting season shot his first ever woodcock. It is a truly memorable occasion and one which they will both remember and cherish for many years to come.

As my heading suggests the “Blast” was also good, with plenty of woodcock flushed. I was even surprised myself as the previous few weeks the birds seemed to have scattered quite a bit, to where I don’t know. But for those of us who cherish this elusive and majestic bird, we all know that woodcock are impossible to figure out and that’s the beauty of them and hopefully they will never change in this regard.

I did say we saw plenty, great sport was had, plenty of shots were fired and we bagged a few as well, but on balance I think you could say that the woodcock won this one.

Even though the “Blast” was good as I have said earlier it was the “Cast” that exceeded all expectations. At this juncture it’s probably worth noting that we have plenty of availability for February, so if I were you I’d get on that phone pretty quick as days like these don’t happen too often!! D.McEvoy

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