Following months of preparation and planning the Ireland Angling Show 2013 got under way yesterday in Dublin. As usual the Dublin Angling Iinitiative interactive display area and kids zone was swamped again with visitors at this years event in Swords. The very popular interactive family area, expertly managed by Dublin Angling Initiatives’ Des Chew and Josie Mahon and their very knowledgable and dedicated team, proved extremely popular with children and adults alike. Visitors of all ages were provided with all the information and assistance that they needed to take up fishing. Children learned how to set up a fishing rod, tie a fishing knot, put bait on a hook.

Brian Cooke (Centre) Provides Fishing Information to Visitors on a Very Busy DAI Stand Yesterday in Swords

Many of Ireland’s most experienced and well known anglers were present to assist and as usual were giving freely of their time, knowledge and expertise. The fish display tanks, the interactive sea life centre and the beautiful birds of prey display, which included a Barn Owl and a Kestrel provided children and adults alike with an opporunity to get in touch with nature in a controlled environment. There were also lots of competitions and give aways to add to the fun factor on this very family friendly stand.

Competition Winners Receive Their Prizes from Gerry Heaslip (left) and Josie Mahon IFI (right) at the DAI Kids Zone Yesterday in Swords
Angling Expert Paddy McDonnell Answers Questions Following his Presentation Yesterday
Angling Expert Paddy McDonnell Answers Questions Following his Presentation Yesterday

This years Ireland Angling Show kicked off at National Show Centre in Swords yesterday Saturday 16th February 2013. Now in its 14th year the show is set to run over this weekend Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 February 2013. The organisers again arranged to bring a host of big names to the show to share their fishing knowledge and experience of game, coarse and sea angling. Some of the top names attending were,  from the UK included Mike Thrussell, Bob Nudd MBE, Henry Gilbey, Hywel Morgan in addition to this there were many Irish Angling Experts including Ireland’s own Paddy McDonnell.

Visitors were Delighted to get the Opportunity to Meet this Guy on the DAI Stand Yesterday in Swords
The Interactive Sealife Centre Proved Very Popular with Visitors to the DAI Stand Yesterday


The Dublin Angling Initiative was set up in 1995. Its principle aims are to promote, develop and improve angling in the Dublin and Greater Dublin area and is sponsored by the Inland Fisheries Ireland.

During the summer months the main work of the initiative is taking young people from National and Secondary schools, summer projects and youth services throughout Dublin City Centre and its suburbs on fishing courses. Already thousands of young people have been introduced to the joys of sea, coarse and game angling at the venues that are accessible by bus and rail from Dublin City centre.

The Initiative has also been a catalyst in setting up fishing clubs for many of these young people and given them a hobby they can enjoy for life.

Another vital role of the Initiative is to stock waterways and small lakes in the Dublin area, thus providing anglers with a greater variety of fishing. We are aware of the need for more angling locations and the initiative has assisted in the creation of new fisheries. During the winter months, the Initiative visits schools in Dublin promoting the benefits of angling as a pass time and the need to protect and conserve our aquatic environment.

Fishing competitions for juniors and a host of other events feature on the calendar of the Dublin Angling Initiative, attracting greater interest to the sport year after year.

For further information on the DAI, please contact Des Chew, DAI Coordinator on 087 6740214