The 10th anniversary of the Daniel Peacock Memorial/National Junior Competition was fished on Sunday 28th June and hosted by Newport SAC. Over 40 junior anglers, all aged between 8 and 18 years of age, took part in this year’s event. The day began with a serving of freshly cooked sausages on the quayside and a hot cup of tea for the parents before all anglers took to the 5 boats and headed out to sea. Both the weather and the availability of fish on the day could have been a little kinder to all but, never the less, almost all anglers caught fish and everyone enjoyed the day. All junior anglers were helped throughout the day by the skippers & crew on each boat. Members of the Newport SAC committee were also on board each boat to teach and assist any angler who needed help.

A proud Darragh O'Grady with a fine thornback ray
A proud Darragh O’Grady with a fine thornback ray

The prize presentation was held in Hotel Newport, who also provided both hot food and sandwiches for all in attendance. As always, a great display of prizes were on offer, thanks to a combination of the Peacock Family’s generosity, the clubs hard working trophy officers and our generous sponsors, (particularly Coastal Zone Services who kindly sponsored a rucksack and T-shirt for every participant this year). The club wishes to thank each and every one of our sponsors, the skippers, stewards, committee and anyone who generally helped to make the day so special for the juniors in whatever way they could – (a full list of our fantastic sponsors is displayed below and on our website

A young sea angler in action
A young sea angler in action

Our thanks also to all skippers who gave a reduced rate on the day for their boat hire, to the parents who helped out and the hotel and staff for providing the venue for the presentation. The prizes were presented by Mathew Peacock, Richard & Sue Steer (representing the Peacock family), Minister Michael Ring and Mary Sugrue of Coastal Zone Services. Every one of the juniors started and finished the day with smiles on their faces and no one went home empty handed, as every single entrant received a Newport SAC / Coastal Zone Services rucksack, a T-shirt, a plaque and an Inland Fisheries Ireland novelty pack in recognition of their participation.

The Winning Team -  Damien Chambers, Ryan Chambers & Darragh O’Grady pictured with Minister Ring
The Winning Team – Damien Chambers, Ryan Chambers & Darragh O’Grady pictured with Minister Ring

The competition results were as follows:

Daniel Peacock Memorial/National Junior Competition Overall Winner – Calum Kennedy with a total of 120 points.

8 years to 13 years

  • 8 years to 13 years winner: Peadar O’Toole
  • Runner up: Matthew Moran
  • 3rd place: Ryan Chambers
  • 4th place to 8th as follows: Neill Kirby, Matthew Hogan (Novice), Clodagh Moran, Darragh O’Grady (Novice), Kevin Cooney

14 years to 18 years

  • 14 years to 18 years winner: David Loftus
  • Runner up: Damien Chambers
  • 3rd place: Jessica Loftus
  • 4th place to 8th as follows: Eoin Kirby, Christopher Nevin, Andrew Fearson, David O’Donnell, Rachel Moran

Novice Girl

  • 1st place – Ruby McDonnell

Novice Boy

  •  1st place – Darragh O’Grady
  • 2nd place – Peter O’Donnell
  • 3rd Place – Jack O’Grady


  • Teams section A: 1st place – Damien Chambers, Ryan Chambers, Darragh O’Grady
  • Teams section F: 2nd place – Calum Kennedy, Jessica Loftus, Niall McLoughlin
  • Teams section D: 3rd place   Patrick Salmon, Eoin Kirby, Peadar O’Toole

10th Anniversary – Special Category

1st Place – Colin Coyne

Largest Ray:

David O’Donnell

Largest Bulhuss:

Damien Chambers

Individual Boat Winners:

Finnaun – Calum Kennedy,     Barracuda – Matthew Moran,      White Water – Damien Chambers,     Inishoo –  Clodagh Moran,    The Restorick – Rachel Moran & Diarmuid Rowan

Skippers Prize:

Kevin Groden who skippered the Finnaun on the day


Newport SAC

Newport SAC holds regular shore angling outings for any juniors interested in learning how to beach cast. Rods will be supplied by the club for any new members on the day and full training will be provided. Anyone can participate so if you are interested, please contact Shane on +353 (0)86 2304436 for further details.

The 49th Newport SAC Festival competition will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, starting on Saturday the 1st of August & Sunday the 2nd of August (boat). This competition is open to all and there is also a novice section for those who have never fished before. Rods can be supplied if necessary and bait will be available on the boat. Newport SAC is taking bookings but places are limited so please contact Sue on +353 (0)86 3862568 for entries and the chance to win the Tom Moran Memorial Cup and dinner for two in Newport House Hotel. Check in on the day at 9.30am and the prize presentation will take place in Hotel Newport.

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