The Irish Federation of Sea Anglers inform us:

One week ahead of the 33rd World Shore Angling Championships (FIPS-M), the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers (IFSA) are eagerly preparing to welcome 18 different countries to the southeast coast of Ireland. This major International event being held from 12– 19 November, 2016 is attracting approx. 250 competitors and 100 team officials from around the world and is comprised of 11 Ladies Teams and 18 Mens teams. Countries competing include Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, Wales, Portugal and of course Ireland. The south east area is already a hive of activity as the competitors have being practicing for well over two weeks for the Championships.
ifsa-world-shore-angling-2016-wexfordIt will all kick off with a wonderful opening ceremony this Saturday 12th November which begins with a parade of all competing nations which will see the flags of each nation hoisted and carried from Clayton Whites Hotel to the National Opera House, Wexford at 3.30pm. It will be followed by a ceremonial event at the Opera House attended by the Mayor, Local Councillors and TDs.
This is also a historic event as for the first time ever; Ireland will have a Ladies team competing in this World Championships.

Ladies team:

Anne Whitty Captain, Bannow Bay Anglers. (Wexford)
Jane Cantwell, Wexford Garda SAC
Janet Snoddy, Glengormley and District Sea Angling Club (Antrim)
Lisa Gormley, Glengormley and District SAC (Antrim)
Pat Short, Bray Sea Anglers (Wicklow)
Linda Manton, Lisdoonvarna Fanore SAC (Clare)
Manager Jim Snoddy, Glengormley and District SAC (Antrim)

Senior (Mens) team:

Martin Howlin, @Wexford SAC
Alan Mulcahy, RINNASHARK SAC (Waterford)
Harry McKee Jnr, East Antrim Surfcasters SAC
Joe Byrne, Kilmuckridge Sac (Wexford)
Paul Tyndall, Ballybrack SAC (Dublin)
Tim O’Sullivan, Galway Bay Sea Angling Club
Manager John OBrien, Tramore/Waterford SAC
This World Shore Angling Championships which will operate a Catch and release policy and will showcase the best Ireland has to offer to Shore Anglers as competitors battle to catch a wide variety of fish including Whiting, Codling, Flounder, Turbot ,Dogfish and other species. The event will have a significant economic impact on not only the town of Wexford but the country as a whole and is a wonderful showcase for Wexford, IFSA and the sport of angling as a whole. The championship will close with a Gala dinner and prize giving on Friday 18th in Clayton White’s Hotel.
The IFSA are delighted they have been chosen to host this event as it is both a great honour and a great opportunity to promote the southwest and indeed Ireland and its tourism product as a whole. This championship will be supervised by IFSA officers, stewards and volunteers. The IFSA would like to acknowledge the help and support of Fáilte Ireland (Tourism Ireland), Wexford County Council, National Opera House, Gardaí, Irish Coast Guard / Wexford RNLI, and our many sponsors, this event would not be possible without their support.

Brian Reidy