Conservation and Environment

The Irish Federation of Sea Anglers promotes responsible angling through its catch and release policy. Any angler wishing to retain a fish must do so in relation to minimum sizes. Taking gear and litter home is a crucial part of this ethos. Not doing so results in disqualification from the competition and the event.

At a broader level we are part of the angling umbrella body, The Angling Council of Ireland, which has an environmental policy –

This body is the national governing body for angling recognised by the government of Ireland and receives funding from Sport Ireland –

Under Sport Ireland the federation is bound to the 7 principles of leave no trace –

The federation is also a member of the European Angling Alliance which is governed by the European Commission  and is represented by the EAA to preserve fish stocks and the interests of all rod and line anglers in Europe and the management of the aquatic environment –

Ireland wins Home Nations boat Gold

It’s Home !
The home Nations Boat Championships 2019 is Fished and Won (Weymouth 15/06/19).
Congratulations again to our super Team of Anglers and Manager.
Dan Lynch, Heiko Dreier, Padraic Clear, Pat Condon, Pat Wright, David Mc Cormick and Manager Liam o Callaghan.
From the 40/50 anglers that turned out to the fundraising fishing competition in Cobh in December and to the all the great companies that supported us with Advertising slots in our annual wall planner , to the companies that sponsored us tackle clothing and lots more . We thank you all!

To compete at this level it takes a lot of time and financial support so with out all of the above support and assistance we would not have been able to succeed.

‘This trophy is for all of you and not just us ‘
Home Nation Boat Team Ireland.

Updated 2019 IFSA fixtures

CIPS Congress May 2nd to 4th Kazakhstan
All-Ireland Youths Boat May 11th Munster
All-Ireland Open Boat May 18th to 19th Connaught
Home Nations Boat June 12th to 16th England
European Float Championships June 17th to 22nd Italy
Home Nations Shore July 5th and 6th Tralee
All-Ireland Open Shore July 13th Leinster
Master Angler Boat July 19th to 21st Killybegs
World Boat Seniors/Youths September 21st to 28th Italy
Master Angler Shore October 4th to 6th Connaught
World (Boat) Qualifying Competition October 11th to 13th Ulster
World Shore Youths October 12th to 19th Italy
World Boat Clubs October 19th to 26th Algarve
World Shore Clubs October 28th to Nov. 4 France
World (Shore) Qualifying Competition November 8th to 10th Sligo Area
National Club Shore Championships Munster?

Interprovincials 2019, Tralee

2019 Silver, World Team Ireland, Manager interview

The interview with John O’Brien will be broadcast on this week’s programme starting tonight at 6.30 pm. on CRY104FM onlineand other station listed here and in Podcasts also listed.

Tom MacSweeney,

Marine Journalist,

Deputy Editor, Marine Times/ Presenter THIS ISLAND NATION Radio programme/Columnist Evening Echo/Afloat.

ACI funding update

The Angling Council of Ireland (ACI) is the registered National Governing Body with the Irish Sports Council and recognised as the umbrella body representing several different branches of angling in Ireland, including Sea Angling, via the IFSA. The ACI has received a 50% increase in funding for 2019 and significant funding under the dormant account fund which will be used for specific programmes during 2019. We are hopeful that this will prove fruitful for the IFSA in 2019.

L to R Brian Cooke IFSA  ACI, John Tracey CEO Sport Ireland, Kieran Mulvey Chairman Sport Ireland, Bob Seward Treasurer Angling Council Ireland.

2019 World Shore Games, South Africa

The 2019 World Shore Games takes place in South Africa this month. The world Shore championships are being held on the west coast in Langebann from 10th to 14th of February for both senior men and ladies.

Both teams are currently out there preparing for the championships.
The ladies team are Lisa Gormley, Janet Snoddy, Tracey Whelan, Linda Manton, Pat Short and Rosalene Murphy . Manger Jim Snoddy and assistant manager Johnny Snoddy
The men’s team are
Joe Carly, Richie Gormley, Willie Wier, Aiden OHalloran, Albie Allan, JP Molloy
Manager John O’Brien and assistant manager Sean Ivory.

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.