Goatsbridge Trout Farm
Goatsbridge Trout Farm,
Tel: +353 (0)86 818 8340 or +353 (0)86 254 4906
At Goatsbridge Fish Farm, trout is their passion. Their knowledge and experience farming rainbow trout has been passed down through three generations. Each catch comes daily from the crystal clear waters of The Little Arrigle River, giving their trout unique taste and texture. They love trout, and they know if you give it a try you will too! Goatsbridge Trout is available from their online shop, all major supermarkets in Ireland as well as specialist shops, or directly from their farm gate. Visitors are welcome to look around their trout farm at any time during opening hours.
The Story of Goatsbridge begins over 800 years ago back in 1180, when the Monks of Jerpoint Abbey near Thomastown, Co Kilkenny fished in the fast flowing waters of The Little Arrigle River in the heart of The Nore Valley. In 1961 this river gave life to the creation of our first fish ponds; running through our lands it now forms the heart of one of Irelands best known trout farms. In 1990 the second generation of our family continued to develop the farm and in 2010 a state of the art processing and packaging facility was added to the farm to further ensure the quality of the trout produced on the farm.
Today, husband and wife team Mag and Ger Kirwan are at the center of the Goatsbridge story. They live on the farm with their family and work together to carry on the proud tradition of purity and sustainability. Each daily catch comes directly from the crystal clear Irish waters of The Little Arrigle to your table. They have a passion for trout, which comes across in the quality of their product.
Come and see Goatsbridge visitor center and shop, where you can sample and buy our products. The center is located beside the trout ponds, and you can organise single or group tours around the farm where you will learn all about Goatsbridge Trout Farm, it’s herritage and business history.
Experience the rich food and craft heritage of the Jerpoint area with our trail, which brings you up close with the producers and makers of some of Kilkenny’s iconic food and craft. In one afternoon, experience the pottery skills of Karen Morgan, view Jerpoint Glass’ enchanting glassblowing. Get excited about your food again with the traditional skills of Knockdrinna Farmhouse Cheese, and explore the serene Goatsbridge Trout Farm and Smokehouse. You can drive or cycle the very short distance between the producers, getting an insight and a flavour of their world at each stop.