1. How long has the business been operating and how did it start?
We opened M13708 as a guesthouse in 1990. Prior to that, we had been operating a business, Gillie Angling, which arranged fishing holidays for clients throughout Ireland and, particularly, in the West of Ireland. This service was pre-Internet and we arranged travel from the UK (air or sea), accommodation, fishing and supplied on the spot contact/advice from our base at M13708. Clients would come to our location to fish and the idea grew that we might offer our own accommodation so we extended our house to allow for up to 10 guests, built a Rod Room (with rod racks, drying room etc.) and developed our own jetty and boat harbour with direct access to Lough Corrib.
2. What is your company's mission?
Our mission is to provide our guests with an overall enjoyable experience be it fishing or participating in other activities or just relaxing and discovering the area and meeting the Irish people.
3. What does your company specialize in?
Fly fishing for wild brown trout on lake(s).
4. Who is the founder or owner of the company and briefly describe his/her past activities?
Roy and Sorcha Peirce, husband and wife team, are co-owners of M13708. Roy managed two salmon/sea-trout fisheries in the West of Ireland for 8 years; had several years working in sea-trout research; served as committee member/chairman of a number of fishing associations. He is an experienced fly fishing guide - has been fly fishing since he was a boy and has fished throughout the West of Ireland and beyond for brown trout, salmon and sea-trout and other species. Has also fished in the UK, Turks & Caicos Island, New Zealand and represented Ireland as member of Irish fly fishing team in Sweden. With Sorcha, founded Gillie Angling in 1986. Sorcha's experience includes the running of Gillie Angling, in particular, the administrative side of the business and has over 20 years experience of welcoming guests to M13708 and catering for anglers and other visitors. Interests include walking and wildflowers and Sorcha can advise guests on both subjects.
5. What is your most popular travel package and why?
Accommodation and fishing package: 3 days B&B accommodation with 2 days fishing without guide. Everything is pre-arranged for the guest with advice on where to fish etc., access to the fishing on the doorstep, supply of boats/engines/gillie (guide), life jackets, equipment (if required) and packed lunches.
6. What is the best compliment you received from a client?
We'll be back next year!". Many of our guests return to M13708 each year and some have been coming continuously for 10-20 years.
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