“One of the first fish to catch the queen's eye was a large monkfish and the queen was quick to ask what it was.
Now, in Cork we sometimes call this the mother-in-law fish. But this was about a week after the royal wedding of William and Kate. So, because of the person I was speaking to and because the world was looking on and because I was in some ways representing the English Market, the city and the fish industry, I had to be diplomatic, didn't I?
You must be joking, boy! 'That Your Majesty is what we call in Cork a mother-in-law fish.' As I said earlier, my perception of the queen was that she didn't have a great sense of humour. Boy, did I get that one wrong. She thought it was hilarious. Now, Cork cheekiness was on a roll.” - From The Fishmonger With over thirty years' experience as a fishmonger in one of Cork's most popular tourist locations, Pat O'Connell is well known both at home and abroad.
In The Fishmonger, he paints a vivid picture of the challenges and rewards of life as an English Market trader in a highly competitive and ever-changing environment. With warmth and humour, he recalls the early days of his mother's fish stall, its struggle for survival in recessionary times, as well as its eventual path to success.
And he describes in detail the infamous visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the English Market, which left a lasting impact not only on the market itself but also on his own life.
|Publication date||3 Feb 2013|
|Format||Paperback with flaps|