Retirement and forum shutdown (17 Jan 2022)


John Howell who has managed the forum for years is getting on and wishes to retire from the role of managing it.
Over the years, he has managed the forum through good days and bad days and he has always been fair.
He has managed to bring his passion for fish keeping to the forum and keep it going for so long.

I wish to thank John for his hard work in keeping the forum going.

With John wishing to "retire" from the role of managing the forum and the forum receiving very little traffic, I think we must agree that forum has come to a natural conclusion and it's time to put it to rest.

I am proposing that the forum be made read-only from March 2022 onwards and that no new users or content be created. The website is still registered for several more years, so the content will still be accessible but no new topics or replies will be allowed.

If there is interest from the ITFS or other fish keeping clubs, we may redirect traffic to them or to a Facebook group but will not actively manage it.

I'd like to thank everyone over the years who helped with forum, posted a reply, started a new topic, ask a question and helped a newbie in fish keeping. And thank you to the sponsors who helped us along the away. Hopefully it made the hobby stronger.

I'd especially like to thank John Howell and Valerie Rousseau for all of their contributions, without them the forum would have never been has successful.

Thank you
Darragh Sherwin


03 Aug 2017 21:04 #1 by robert (robert carter)
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Hi all Nessa has just messaged me to tell me that Dave who use to run the trop shop in Inchicore has past away . She also said that Rossie OGradys pub has closed down and sudjest that for next Tuesday 8th we meet in the spawell pub in Templeouge , we can then decide where we will met in the future. Very sorry to hear about Dave loved visiting his shop and a real nice guy . R.i.p.

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03 Aug 2017 21:41 - 03 Aug 2017 23:09 #2 by JohnH (John)
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While personally never having met him I almost felt I knew him 'by association'.

Everyone I have spoken to has had nothing but praise for both him and his shop, he would appear to have been something of a pioneer in the Irish Fishkeeping scene.

Maybe others who did know him could add to Robert's kind memories of Dave.


N. Tipp

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fish bowl - year after year.

ITFS member.

It's a long way to Tipperary.
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03 Aug 2017 22:54 #3 by Gerard_Evans (Gerard Evans)
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Hi All
I got word this evening from Daves daughter Ruth that her father had passed away earlier today i had spoke to him on Monday evening he had been in good spirits but very weak.

Dave was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet in the original trop shop in james street and then when he moved he would talk for Ireland but was always there to show fishkeepers what was possible he and i use to go to the uk and bring back stuff which was never seen in Ireland before. This was way before the superstores that are in Ireland now i remember on one occassion in Germany we had such a laugh at interzoo, he was a guy you liked or rarely disliked he was one of the good guys some would say

He will be missed and was a credit to the hobby
R.I.P my dear friend Dave Whelan

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04 Aug 2017 09:52 #4 by darragh (Darragh Sherwin)
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That's very sad to here, Dave was such a lovely guy, you would spend hours in the Trop Shop listening to him and his enthusiasm for fish keeping never seemed to diminish.

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05 Aug 2017 22:40 #5 by derek (Derek Doyle)
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So sorry to hear of daves death, he was one of the main reasons for the growth of the fishkeeping hobby in Ireland through the 80s. He was always so supportive to local breeders and the club scene and was knowledgable and friendly.
It was Dave who led us to Rosies as it was his local, so there is great irony in its reported closure at this time.
RIP Dave. One of lifes nice guys.

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