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23/02/13.The Abbey fishermen homecoming Gathering is one of the Limerick Gathering events and is part of the Gathering Ireland initiative.  This event will be held from 3rd - 6th May 2013 in Limerick City.  The abbey fishermen are descended from families who were tenants of the Shannon and Abbey rivers in Limerick City. They fished the river for hundreds of years earning a living by catching salmon, eels and peal. The families involved were Clancy, Hayes, Shanny, McNamara, Liddy, Hartigan, O'Connor and O'Dwyer. ..Abbey Fisherman descendent Ger Hayes before going out on the river...Pic Sean Curtin Photo.