Casting a line at the National Ploughing Championships 2018

Inland Fisheries Ireland attended the recent National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore. Hundreds of people attended the stand and received angling and environmental advice alongside general information around Ireland’s fish species and their habitats.

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s stand at the National Ploughing Championships

A new angling simulator, which allowed novice anglers to virtually try fishing from the marquee floor, made its inaugural appearance and was a hit with punters of all ages! Staff were also on hand to take the public through some of Ireland’s freshwater fish (swimming on display in cyclical aquariums) and show them some other creatures which live in the aquatic habitat via kick samples.

Cliodhna Young views some of the fish on display


Roisin Galvin takes a look at a kick sample and learns about the creatures living within our water systems


Simon and Aoife George enjoy the activities on offer


A novice angler tries out the angling simulator


The angling simulator in action

On the environmental side, Inland Fisheries Ireland offered advice and information on best practice farm management to the farming community. The team noted that there was also an increase in uptake of the leaflet ‘Fish Friendly Farming’ from the farming community and also increased engagement with farmers overall.

Publications on how to get started in angling and fish friendly farming were distributed at the Ploughing Championships

The team welcomed Minister Sean Kyne T.D. to the tent on Thursday and were delighted to take him through the fisheries activities.

Minister Sean Kyne T.D. with the team from Inland Fisheries Ireland


Ailish Keane from Inland Fisheries Ireland shows Minister Sean Kyne some of the samples on display


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