Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative off to good start on both sides of the Liffey
Tuesday, 18th July 2017: Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative has kicked off for the 2017 Summer Season with several local schools and youth groups already enjoying fishing lessons and field trips. Sphere 17 from Darndale and Whitechurch Youth Services from Rathfarnham were among the first groups to get out fishing, while Chapelizod’s Community Festival incorporated angling and environmental lessons from the Dublin Angling Initiative into its programme of events.
Sphere 17 Youth Services from Darndale, Dublin 17 travelled to Malahide, North County Dublin to take a charter boat, Fish & Trips, for a few hours of sea angling. The group spent the evening learning how to fish beside Ireland’s Eye, catching pollock and mackerel. While fishing, they also reported seeing plenty of local resident birds and seals as well as wallabies and deer on the island. The fishing trip was one of six over the past month with the group also enjoying lessons in coarse and game fishing.
Meanwhile, Southside youth group Whitechurch Youth Services were also out fishing recently with the Dublin Angling Initiative. They were taken to Courtlough Fisheries, Balbriggan where they were coached in bubble and fly fishing for trout. Participants learned about fish handling and catch and release fishing.
In addition to fishing lessons and field trips, the Dublin Angling Initiative has also been attending community events with a view to introducing young people to the fisheries resource in their own locality. At the recent Chapelizod Community Festival, 16 young people between the ages of 10-15 years enjoyed an environmental and history lesson on the River Liffey which runs through their community from fisheries staff. The lesson was followed by a more practical invertebrates sampling and identification session and an opportunity to examine juvenile trout and salmon which were taken from the river before being safely released again. The group finished with a fly fishing lesson where they learnt the basics of getting started in the pursuit.
Oisin Cahill, Co-Ordinator of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative said: “The Dublin Angling Initiative aims to empower young people to appreciate and enjoy their local amenity by showing them what it can offer alongside and giving them an understanding of the importance of conservation and protection. We combine theoretical lessons with practical sessions across environmental and angling themes.
Angling is a hobby that can be enjoyed in an urban location such as Dublin at any age or ability. We hope that the young people who participate in the programme and who are introduced to fishing will continue to enjoy it into later life.”
For media information:
- Órla Sheils
- Communications Manager
- Inland Fisheries Ireland
T: 01 8842673
Note to Editors:
Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes, supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.