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. 

Calling all Junior Anglers!

Great prizes to be won – the Fish & Film competition is to encourage young people to spread the word about fishing. Junior fishing clubs, youth clubs, projects and centres are invited to apply to the competition by taking film footage of their fishing adventures and promoting it online.

Home Nations fish off ’17

Results of the Home Nations fish offs/interprovicials (Shore) held in Antrim hosted by Ulster Provincial Council over the  17/18/19th of February 2017. Congratulations to all who qualified to represent the Irish team this summer. Ladies Interprovincial-Homenations Team Fish Offs 2016v3-1 Mens Final Mens Interprovincial-Homenations Team Fish Offs 2016v2 (1) U16 Interprovincial-Homenations Team Fish Offs 2016v2 (1) U21 Interprovincial-Homenations Team Fish Offs 2016v2 (2)

Double Gold, World Shore Championships 2016

Gold for Irish Ladies and Men at the Tronixpro, World shore angling championships, Wexford, Ireland, 2016

Irish men and women made history at the World Shore Angling Championships – both mens and ladies teams secured Gold for Ireland – double world champions – ladies at their first attempt!

The Irish Federation of Sea Anglers (IFSA) clubs and membership welcomed 18 different countries to the southeast coast of Ireland for the 33rd Tronixpro World Shore Angling Championships. This major International event held between the 12– 19 November, 2016 attracted approx. 250 competitors and 100 team officials from around the world and was comprised of 11 Ladies Teams and 18 Mens teams. Countries competing included Belgium, Croatia,  Cyprus,  England,  France,  Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Poland, Italy,  Netherlands,  Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, Wales, Portugal and of course Ireland.

The Grauvell Irish mens team came out on top against the 17 other nations over four days of angling. The Irish team held 1st over days one and two and fell back to 2nd for day three. They fought back admirably on the final day to take the gold. There was also an individual gold for Alan Mulcahy, silver for Harry McKee, with Paul Tyndall and Joe Byrne in the top 20.

 The Vaas Ladies team took first place after the first day against the ten other ladies teams. They then held onto gold position for the remaining three days. There was individual silver for Lisa Gormley, bronze for Anne Whitty, 9th for Jane Cantwell, Janet Snoddy was in the top 30 overall.

 Ladies team:

Anne Whitty Captain, Bannow Bay SAC (Wexford)

Jane Cantwell, Wexford Garda SAC

Janet Snoddy, Glengormley and District SAC (Antrim)

Lisa Gormley, Glengormley and District SAC (Antrim)

Pat Short, Bray Sea Anglers (Wicklow)

Linda Manton, Lisdoonvarna/Fanore SAC (Clare)

Manager Jim Snoddy, Glengormley and District SAC (Antrim)

Assistant Manager Brian Cooke, Dublin

 Senior (Mens) team:

Martin Howlin, Wexford SAC

Alan MulcahyRinnashark SAC (Waterford)

Harry McKee Jnr, East Antrim Surfcasters SAC

Joe Byrne, Kilmuckridge SAC (Wexford)

Paul Tyndall, Ballybrack SAC (Dublin)

Tim O’Sullivan, Galway Bay SAC

Manager John OBrien, Tramore/Waterford SAC

Assistant manager Joe Carley, Menapia SAC

The Irish Federation of Sea Anglers invited all friends, family of the teams and committee, all the rank and file anglers of IFSA clubs and indeed the general public to celebrate at the headquarters, Clayton Whites Hotel for the awards ceremony. A double gold does not happen very often. Anthems, Medal awards, speeches from Minister Paul Kehoe TD, IFSA President, Pat Walsh & Chairman Micheal Quinn and Fédération Internationale de Pêche Sportive – Mer officials were at the event.

It all kicked off with a wonderful opening ceremony on Saturday 12th November which began with a parade of all competing nations which will see the flags of each nation hoisted and carried from Clayton White’s Hotel to the National Opera House, Wexford. It was followed by a ceremonial event at the Opera House attended by the Mayor, Local Councillors and TDs.

This World Shore Angling Championships which operated a Catch and release policy and showcased the best Ireland has to offer to Shore Anglers as competitors  battled to catch a wide variety of fish including Whiting, Codling, Flounder, Turbot, Dogfish and other species. The event had a significant economic impact on not only the town of Wexford but the country as a whole and is a wonderful showcase for Wexford, IFSA and the sport of angling as a whole.

The IFSA were delighted they were chosen to host this event as it was both a great honour and a great opportunity to promote the southwest and indeed Ireland and its tourism product as a whole. This championship was supervised by IFSA officers, stewards and volunteers. The IFSA would like to acknowledge the help and support of Fáilte Ireland, Inland fisheries Ireland, Wexford  County Council, National Opera House, Gardaí, Coastguard/RNLI, Civil Defence and many volunteers without which this event would not have been possible.

Thanks once again to all our sponsors for the week of the World Shore Angling Champioships #worldshorechamps16 Tronixpro, Grauvell, Vaas Waders & Rainwear, Innova Fishing tackle, Shamrock Fishing tackle, NationWide Baits, Waterford Angling & Outdoor Centre, Greys Fishing, PENN Fishing, Irelands Ancient East, Event Ireland

For more information please go to seaanglingIFSA or contact PRO Brian Reidy 085 7339040,