Irish fisheries leaders have paid tribute to the late Hugo Boyle, CEO of the IS&EFPO

Irish fisheries leaders have paid tribute to the late Hugo Boyle, CEO of the IS&EFPO

Irish fisheries leaders have paid tribute to the late Hugo Boyle, CEO of the Irish South and East Fish Producers Organisation.

The untimely death took place yesterday of Hugo Boyle, Achill, Co Mayo and formerly of Falcarragh, Co Donegal. 

The late Mr Boyle was a well-known former skipper and boat-owner was the Chief Executive of the Irish South and East Fish Producers Organisation (IS&EFPO).

Mr Boyle is survived by his wife Ellen, daughters Alison, Denise, Elaine and Aisling, brother Francis, sonsin-law, brother-in-law Eugene, sister-in-law Marie, grandchildren, relatives and friends. 

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Removal will take place from Sweeney’s Funeral HomeAchill Sound on Thursday 21st at 10.30am for Mass at Church of Mary Immaculate, Achill Sound at 11.00am. Funeral proceeding afterward to Glencoe Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Cancer Care West. The house is private please and the funeral will be private to family members only. 

Leading the tributes to Mr Boyle was friends and colleagues in the industry.

Sean O’Donoghue. CEO of the Killybegs Fishermen’s Organisation paid a heartfelt tribute to Mr Boyle today. 

“Not alone was Hugo a colleague but he was a very good friend of mine since the mid-80’s. 

“We offer our condolences to Ellen his wife, his daughters Alison, Denise, Elaine and Aisling, and his brother Francis, and all their families. 

“Hugo was a very calm and collected person. He always tried to bring solutions to the table to very intractable fisheries problems and he was always amenable to discuss and compromise. I think it was a great trait he had of being calm and collected. Not alone was he able to take his own members on board but he could also reach across to others. 

“His experience as a vessel owner and a fisherman really served him well in his role as a representative for his members at the Irish South and East Fish Producers Organisation. 

“He will be sadly missed by us all.” 

John Ward of the Irish Fish Producers Organisation said: 

The fishing Industry lost a good friend yesterday in Hugo Boyle. He was a former member of the IFPO until he retired from active fishing, but the sea kept a hold on him, and he returned as CEO of the Irish South & East PO.

“He seen another side of this Industry in this role and used his vast experience of make invaluable contributions to the myriad of meetings on the administration side. His infectious good humour and big smile will be missed by all his friends. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.” 

Patrick Murphy from the Irish South and West Fish Producers said of Mr Boyle:

“Hugo Boyle a strong voice for Irelands fishing Industry is now sadly lost to us and we as a country will be the poorer for it. Hugo’s commitment to the Industry was evident right up until recently, when he participated, contributed and clearly outlined his position, his practical sensible proposed measures if implemented would mitigate the damage recent agreements has foisted upon us in that I am sure.

“Despite his poor health Hugo’s contribution was articulate as always and played a critical role in presenting the fishing Industries position during our online meetings with our Taoiseach Michael Martin, Minister for foreign affairs Simon Coveney and our Minister for Agriculture and the Marine Charlie McConalogue. During these uncertain times where the Covid pandemic prevents our ability to show our true appreciation for Hugo and his family at this time, but hopefully this will be rectified later on when we as a country can properly mourn the loss of those important to us that have died in the past year.

“I wish to personally thank Hugo for his mentoring for when I started in my role as CEO of the IS&W, one memory of his kindness stands out for on one particular night when we landed back in Dublin Airport very late, Hugo as the gentleman he was insisted on driving me to the hotel where I was staying, despite our tiredness, this detour, taking his at least an hour as it was out of his way on his long Journey home. May you rest in peace my friend for you can be sure we will keep you forever in our thoughts for I know you will be with us in spirit in the fights ahead.

“A Chara Patrick Murphy”

Coastwatch Europe International Coordinator and Director, Karin Dubsky who worked with the late Mr Boyle also paid her respects to him and offered her condolences to his family. She said:

“On the EMFF monitoring committee and other meetings he was knowledgeable, inclusive and positive even despite his illness and I am sure, pain. He was a fair man who would reason and respect different views. 

“I am so sad he passed in this time of COVID and as many others would have, I would have liked to say goodbye to him in person.”

Irish fisheries leaders pay tribute to the late Hugo Boyle, CEO of the IS&EFPO

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