Over 420 Dublin young people take part in youth fishing initiative in 2017

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative aims to grow angling participation and help young people discover new hobby

Tuesday 13th February 2017: Over 420 children and young people from the Greater Dublin Area have taken up fishing in 2017. Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative, which aims to promote, develop and improve angling in the Dublin area, has seen significant demand for its services during 2017.

Young people from the areas of Tallaght, Whitechurch, Darndale, and Blanchardstown as well as those participating in inner city youth projects, took part in this year’s programme which saw them take fishing lessons, participate in fishing trips and competitions, and enjoy family fishing days at various community events. This included two youth events organised in memory of the late Sean McMorrow who was a member of the Inland Fisheries Trust and who donated funds towards the development of youth angling. Environmental talks and lessons were also held with many national and secondary schools, with summer project and youth services taking part in the programme during the summer months.

The Dublin Angling Initiative caters for anyone interested in angling, from the complete novice to the more advanced angler, with exposure given to each of the different types of fishing. Fishing presentations and tours provide an insight into fish, their habitat, conservation measures and education regarding local fishing areas.

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative has seen thousands of young people participate in the programme since its inception over 20 years ago.

The initiative has been a catalyst for the founding of many fishing clubs by these young people.


Oisin Cahill of DAI Darcy Davila 10 Darren Davila 8Doreen Davila






Photo: Last summer, the Sean McMorrow Memorial Trout Fishing Day at Annamoe Fisheries, Co. Wicklow, was attended by 28 young people from Rathdrum and Roundwood. The event  began with a workshop on water quality and invertebrate testing, followed by fishing lessons from experienced anglers, tutoring in fishing techniques, and safe fish handling. During the final hour of fishing, the novice anglers were given a chance to show off their new-found fishing skills. The Sean McMorrow Memorial Trophy was presented to Darcy Darcy Santos from Rathdrum National School for his fine effort in landing a fine rainbow trout of over 4lb. Pictured here with the winning fish are Oisin Cahill of the Dublin Angling Initiative, Darcy Davila (age 10), Darren Davila (age 8) and Doreen Davila.



Brian Beckett, Inland Fisheries Ireland Director of the Eastern River Basin District, said: “The Dublin Angling Initiative offers a great opportunity to our young people to come outdoors and try and catch a fish. We’re delighted to see so many young people out fishing during the summer months. Fishing is a hobby that can be enjoyed at any age or ability, in urban and rural settings and it has a wealth of benefits not least of which relate to overall health and well-being. The project provides an opportunity for those who may never have fished before to take up angling and our hope is that, for some, this will become a lifelong hobby.”

Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland, added: “Ireland has some of the best wild fisheries in Europe and offers a unique destination for domestic and visiting anglers alike. It is important that we introduce our young people to this fisheries resource and highlight its value from a personal recreational viewpoint and as an activity which brings huge economic worth to this country. Building awareness and understanding of the importance of protection and conservation of the resource is a key message of the Dublin Angling Initiative. We hope that these young people will bring this appreciation of the resource with them into later life.” 

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative welcomes enquiries from all groups or individuals interested in its programmes and services. For further information, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie.




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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.