Gartan National School from Churchill Donegal Wins Inland Fisheries Ireland’s ‘Something Fishy’ Regional Competition

Tuesday, 27th June 2017: Gartan National School in Churchill, Donegal has been announced regional winner of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s ‘Something Fishy’ Competition for the Donegal area. The school took part in the ‘Something Fishy’ programme alongside 24 other schools from across the county. The two runners up were also confirmed today as Dromore National School in Killyfordon and Donagh National School in Carndonagh.

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s ‘Something Fishy’ Competition is an educational programme for fifth and sixth class pupils in primary school which aims to create awareness of the fisheries resource and importance of the local environment. As part of the initiative, participants from schools in Donegal enjoyed learning about the different aspects of fish life including the life cycle of the salmon, fish species, angling methods and the importance of conservation of Ireland’s rivers and lakes. In addition, Inland Fisheries Ireland staff visited local schools and gave presentations on ecology and the fisheries habitat.

The learning modules, which are all available to teachers for free download on, were coupled with activity based practical sessions with children sampling various forms of aquatic life from their local rivers including insects, fish eggs and juvenile fish. The addition of portable fish tanks to the classroom allowed children the opportunity to handle and study aquatic creatures in an interactive and fun learning environment.

Participants in ‘Something Fishy’ are also invited to submit projects to the annual Something Fishy competition under the theme ‘Focus on Learning’ following completion of the programme. The entries are assessed at a regional level before shortlisted submissions proceed to the national competition in the Autumn. In Donegal, projects were submitted to the Donegal Education Centre for judging by a number of schools across the country. The independent judging panel selected Gartan Primary School as overall winner for Donegal closely followed by Dromore National School in Killyfordon and Donagh National School in Carndonagh.

Pupils from Gartan National School, Regional Winners of Something Fishy in Donegal with Owen Kelly, Assistant Inspector, Inland Fisheries Ireland

Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “’Inland Fisheries Ireland is proud to bring the ‘Something Fishy’ programme to schools in Donegal and nationwide. Each year, we reach over 100 schools with the programme and our staff are always struck by the willingness of the children to learn and their passion of our inland fisheries resource.

The standard of entries into the regional competition here in Donegal was exceptional and I would like to commend all our entrants on their submissions. We look forward to receiving entries from all our finalists across the country over the next few weeks ahead of the national competition in the autumn.”

For more information about Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Something Fishy programme or to download the free educational resource for the classroom, visit .


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Órla Sheils
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About Inland Fisheries Ireland

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. IFI also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.