Press Release

Inland Fisheries Ireland launches 2022 Sponsorship Programme

  • Sustainable angling initiatives which support beginners, young anglers and angling tourism are “top priorities” for funding in 2022
  • 18% of adults in Ireland say that they are “likely to try” angling in the future

Inland Fisheries Ireland, the state agency with responsibility for the protection and conservation of freshwater fish and habitats and the promotion of recreational angling, is announcing details for its 2022 Sponsorship Programme today (Wednesday, December 22nd).

Angling clubs, groups and associations all over Ireland are being invited to apply for sponsorship funding before the January 21st deadline and in 2022, the €30,000 fund will have a particular focus on initiatives aimed at beginners and young anglers, as well as events that promote sustainable angling tourism.

Over 327,000 adults in Ireland consider themselves an angler (Ipsos/MRBI*), while 18% of adults in Ireland that had never been fishing before said that they are “likely” to try angling in the future (Amárach Research**). Therefore, the sponsorship programme is one of the main funding mechanisms used by Inland Fisheries Ireland to promote angling in Ireland. It awarded funding to 41 angling events and initiatives across the country in 2021; however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme didn’t go ahead in 2020.

Of the 41 events that received funding, the state agency supported ten national or international competitions and festivals that showcased Ireland’s angling resources and contribution to local economies in 2021. Meanwhile, a total of 28 coaching and juvenile outreach events were supported in 2021, to help increase participation in the sport, along with three public awareness events and angling-related initiatives.

Launching the call, Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland, said: “In 2022, our top priority is supporting projects and events that encourage more young people and beginners to try angling sustainably, as well as initiatives that help grow sustainable angling tourism here in Ireland.”

She added: “As more people enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits of being outdoors, mainly driven by Covid-19 guidelines, we are seeing greater levels of interest in angling. For example, nearly one in five Irish adults are “likely” to try angling in the future, according to Amárach Research. In addition to supporting those who would like to go fishing for the first time, we also have a unique opportunity through the Sponsorship Programme to highlight the importance of biodiversity, conservation and sustainable angling.

Applications for funding from the Sponsorship Programme are now invited from angling clubs, associations or any local group organising an angling initiative in 2022. The programme will remain open for funding applications until Friday, January 21st 2022. Meanwhile, applications for equipment, staff support and biosecurity assistance can be made to Inland Fisheries Ireland throughout the year.

More information about the Sponsorship Programme is available by visiting the Inland Fisheries Ireland website at


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Notes to Editor

Angling Research

*Source: Ipsos/MRBI/ESRI Research

According to research in 2020/2021, the national angler population in Ireland is estimated to be 327,000 adults.  Research from Ipsos/MRBI (commissioned by ESRI and funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland) shows that 8.7% of the adult population consider themselves an angler. People are discovering the mental health benefits by taking up angling as a recreational pursuit.

Research conducted from July 2020 to February 2021 by Ipsos/MRBI (commissioned by ESRI and funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland). 16, 159 people were surveyed by Ipsos/MRBI between July 2020 and February 2021.

**Source: Amárach Research

An online omnibus survey, carried out by Amárach Research in July 2021 and funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland, shows that 18% of respondents who had not tried angling before (with a rod and line) are “likely” to try it in the future.

Inland Fisheries Ireland – Sponsorship Programme 2022

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Inland Fisheries Ireland may, at its discretion and depending on the availability of resources, provide support to groups, associations, clubs or other appropriate bodies to assist with Events which meet the aims of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Sponsorship Programme.

Eligible events and categories for 2022 are as follows (in order of priority):

  • Large international competitions held in Ireland which showcase Ireland’s angling resources and contribution to local economies, supporting jobs and businesses.  Maximum sponsorship of €3,000 per event applies.
  • Novice angler events & training courses which increase participation in angling including funding of transport hire for participants to facilitate attendance at novice angler events. Minimum of 20 novice angler participants required. Maximum sponsorship of €500 per event/course applies.
  • Information dissemination / initiatives to promote fisheries awareness / conservation and protection of the inland fisheries and sea angling resource / promotion of angling as a key Irish tourism activity e.g. Production of high quality angling promotional videos / seminars / coaching / training / workshops etc.  Maximum sponsorship of €1,000 per event applies.
  • Juvenile and minority angling teams representing Ireland at international events both home and abroad. Maximum sponsorship of €500 per team.

About Inland Fisheries Ireland (

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC) 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.