Welcome to this site, which honours the memory of Willie (William) Bates (1910 – 1994), a mariner and fisherman from Kilmore Quay in the South East corner of Ireland.

An original website was developed by his family, with contributions from his friends, to mark the centenary of his birth on 24 January 2010. This blog is a follow up to the site and will contain more content, including more family photographs and provides a testament to an extraordinary life in a world gone by.

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