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, 2011 ). If fish was used as a synonym for herring, then the small number of official entries in the records from the second half of the sixteenth century can be explained by a reduction in fish exports due to the migration of shoals away from the Irish Sea coasts. We also cannot discount the possibility that the Henrician Reformation affected fish consumption patterns in England, with knock-on effects felt on the Irish fishing economy. Owing to herring's irregular migratory patterns, the Irish fish export trade was speculative

in The Irish tower house