Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative hosted a sea fishing event recently on Arklow`s South Beach in Co. Wicklow.

The Sean McMorrow Memorial Sea Fishing Day, which was aimed at furthering the skills of sea fishing was attended by 24 youths from the Killinarden Angling Initiative and run on the day by the Wicklow-based project, Fishing Futures.

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative aims to promote, develop and improve angling in the Greater Dublin Area through educational fishing courses for young people. This event was one of several being hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland over the summer months.

The Sean McMorrow Memorial Sea Fishing Day was held in memory of Sean McMorrow, a former General Manager of Inland Fisheries Ireland and this event was kindly supported by his family.

Fishing was steady throughout the day with some good size fish landed including flounder, plaice, dogfish and bass! The young anglers also enjoyed a provided lunch at the venue. Participants were tutored in casting, bait presentation, types of bait and the safe handling and return of fish.

Photo: Nicole Warner, Sheona Byrne, Katie O`Reilly, and Sarah Delaney pictured at the Inland Fisheries Ireland event on Arklow’s South Beach

At the conclusion of the event, the Sean McMorrow Memorial Trophy was presented to Conor & Eoin O`Neill who displayed great skill and focus at catching fish throughout the day.

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland, said: “The Sean McMorrow Memorial Sea Fishing Day was a great success and a fitting tribute to our former colleague and friend, a person who recognised the importance of engaging the next generation around the pursuit of angling.  The novice anglers showed great skill and ability and we hope that they consider taking up fishing into the future.”

Oisin Cahill, Co-ordinator of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative said: “The Dublin Angling Initiative aims to empower young people to enjoy angling and to appreciate the importance of conservation and protection. The combination of theoretical and practical lessons proves to be popular and we are delighted to be hosting a number of educational initiatives and courses over the next few weeks.”

Photo: Members of Killinarden Angling Inititative, Fishing for Futures, and Dublin Angling Inititative on Arklow’s South Beach

Anyone interested in learning more about the Dublin Angling Initiative should contact Oisin Cahill, Dublin Angling Initiative Coordinator, at Inland Fisheries Ireland (E: ). Enquiries are welcome from any groups or individuals interested in the programme and availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis.