Deriving its name from the Gaelic word for fish ('iasc'), Easkey is a picturesque coastal village, on the R297 regional road, 26 miles from Sligo Town. The Gaelic name for the village is 'Iascaigh' which means "abounding in fish," - this refers to the Easkey River along which the village is situated.
Easkey is one of Europe's premier surfing locations as well as being a popular destination for tourists interested in all forms of water sports. Easkey is an attractive and inviting 'off the beaten track' tourist destination offering magnificent coastal scenery and delightful walking routes around the river estuary and coastline, with wonderful views of the Slieve League and Benbulben mountains.
Noted for its fossiled shoreline dating back millions of years, geologists and archaeologists have become increasingly interested in the rugged Easkey coastline and its historic character.
Easkey village lies at the mouth of the River Easkey, making it a top angling destination. Well known for its salmon and brown trout fishing, the River Easkey is a fast flowing (spate) river extending approx 12 miles. The river rises in Lough Easkey in the Ox Mountains, flows north through bogland and rough pastureland, continuing beneath the N59 Sligo to Ballina road, at Workhouse Bridge, before flowing past the village into the ocean. The best fishing months in this river are July, August and September, and the best methods for fishing are worm, spinning and fly-fishing - no shrimps or prawns allowed. A state license is required for salmon and sea trout.
The avid fisherman can enjoy first class sea angling along Easkey's surrounding coastline. Fishing from Easkey pier and sea coast is very popular - the main catches from here include pollock, coalfish, mackerel, wrasse, dogfish and congor-eel. The best fishing methods are spinning and baitfish; best fishing months are July, August and September. No licence is required.
Famous faces seen fishing in Easkey include former Republic of Ireland football manager Jack Charlton and acclaimed actor Sean Connery.