The 2nd World Championship Shore Angling Masters

The 2nd World Championship Shore Angling Masters took place in Albufeira Portugal. This Championships is in its second year and Team Ireland is attended as they did last year.

Managed by Joe Byrne the team members are
Michael Quinn
Warren Doyle
Sean Murray
Connie O Sullivan
Shay O Neil
A requirement of attending the masters is that you must be over 55 years of age hence the name Masters.
The team went over a week before to practice and the competition took place over five days.
Ireland is one of eight countries competing. And after battling hard over the week they had to settle for 7th place overall. The fishing very different to Ireland but vital information gathered for further Irish teams into the future.

Under 16s receive Silver medal at the world championships

This October the Under 16s achieved great results at the World shore angling championships in Portugal.

They worked hard over the five days and it paid off with a Silver medal,
Evan Ryan, Darragh Byrne, Ben Barron, Finian McCarthy, Eoin Foley and Finn Healy made up the team with managers Brain Cooke and Joe Byrne.
It was a great trip away with lots of support from parents and managers. The presentation was spectacular on the beach as the sun set in beautiful warm weather.
A very well organised championship in a fabulous location.
Well done to everyone involved.

Interprovinicals and Home nations team fish off 2018

As the IFSA Interprovincials approached in February, everyone was a little nervous of the weather forecast of a spell of freezing weather over the duration of the competition.

The weather for the first competition was not too bad . The ladies and juniors fished Waterfoot, the weather held out but the weed in some places was awful, and some of the anglers spent their time, hauling weed in throughout the competition. The fish were there, but not in high numbers. The men’s teams fished Benone, and while they didn’t have the weed they had the bitter cold, with no shelter on the beach and again there were only a few fish around.
The second competition at the night time was a different story, with wind, low temperatures and incessant rain all the anglers were rightly fed up by the end of the comp.There seemed   to be a few more fish on waterfoot where the ladies and Juniors were, but Ballycastle was a much tougher venue for the men.
Sunday morning brought fresh snow, and while the roads seemed to be travelable, the road over to Waterfoot was reported to be quite dangerous. The third and last competition was called off for safety reasons, much to everyone’s disappointment.
The presentation took place on Sunday afternoon and everyone was grateful of the Marine Hotel in Ballycastle that was warm and comfortable for our stay.