Declan Moran is the overall winner of the 52nd Annual Newport Sea Angling Festival!
The 52nd Annual Newport Sea Angling Festival Competition was fished over the August Bank Holiday weekend 2018. On the Sunday evening, following what was a very close contest, local angler Declan Moran was announced as the overall winner with a total of 34 fish and 195 points.
What made the win even more special was that he was the recipient of the ‘Tom Moran Memorial Cup’, a cup dedicated to the legacy of his late Father, Tom Moran, (a local skipper and long serving committee member of the club), who sadly passed away in 1997. He also received a dinner for two sponsored by Newport House Hotel. Declan is the current club Vice Chairman and has helped, along with the rest of the committee, to grow the club from strength to strength over the last number of years. He has helped and encouraged many of the current Junior members to develop an interest in the sport of Deep Sea Angling. Our congratulations from all at the club on what was a brilliant and well deserved win.
As always, a strong entry from the UK brought the total number of participants to over 80 anglers in this years event. Conditions were good on the day and catches varied across the boats with some faring out better than others. The prize presentation took place in Hotel Newport and the function room was once again filled to capacity for the large crowd that gathered for the presentation. The Hotel provided finger food for all in attendance (thanks to Hotel Newport management & staff for their continued support). A special presentation was made to Bella Moran, the current club treasurer, on the night to mark her long association and dedicated service to the club.
The club would like to congratulate all senior and junior anglers who fished on the day and a special thank you to all the sponsors who contributed so generously to the event. A special thank you to the following sponsors:
Newport House Hotel, Allergan Pharamaceuticals, Castlecourt Hotel, Bridge House Beauty Salon, Attracta’s Laundrette, Chambers Garden Centre, Paco Castlebar, Sheridans Centra, Back Oak Inn, Hotel Newport, The Bridge Inn, Newport Post Office, Mid West Furniture, West Tackle, Newport Pharmacy, The Grainne Uaille, Nevins Bar, Alices Restaurant Achill, Peter Ryder Garage, Patricia’s Fashions, Walshes Footwear, Mulranny Park Hotel, Futura Flooring, Corcoran’s Drapery, RBM Fisheries, Keanes Butchers, Topman Construction, Nevins Tiernaur, Wyatt Hotel, Saline Drumm, Margaret O’Malley, Marys of Mulranny, Trophy sponsors: Bella Moran, Sean & Josephie Kilroy, Pat Moran, Martin & Mary O’Malley.
The results of the Newport SAC 52nd Sea Angling Festival were as follows:
Seniors Category: Overall Winner was Declan Moran with 34 fish and 195 points, runner up was Ian Daly with 28 fish and 195 points and 3rd place was Kevin Daly with 22 fish and 140 points. 4th place – Siobhan Melvin, 5th place Enda Moore & Pat Moran, 6th Joe Macmanamon, 7th John Munnelly, 8th Ciarán Murray, 9th Niamh Martin.
Overseas Category – Seniors: 1st Place – Sarah O’Brien with 15 fish and 130 points, 2nd Place – David McCorrey, 3rd Place – Thomas Counsel
Overseas Lady Category: Winner – Aoife Moran, Runner-Up – Prit Moran
Best Lady Category: Siobhan Moran
Largest Fish Category: Largest Ray – Mary Pavey, Largest Bullhuss – Pat Moran
Juniors Category: 1st place was David Loftus with 27 fish and 135 points, 2nd place – Calum Kennedy, 3rd place – James Moran, 4th place – Jack Brennan, 5th place – Eabha Melvin, 6th place – Róisín Moran, 7th place – Ronan Brennan, 8th place – Matthew Moran
Overseas Junior Category: Winner – Joseph O’Brien (UK) with 21 fish and 105 points. Joint 2nd Place – Arthur & Bridget Moran (UK)
Overseas Junior Novice Category: Joint Winners – Thomas & Patrick O’Brien (UK), Runner Up – Michael O’Brien
Best Junior Lady Category: Winner – Shauna Moran, Runner-Up – Clodagh Moran
Novice Category: Winner Girl – Sorcha Melvin, Winner Boy – Connor Dunleavy, Runner-Up Boy – Diarmuid Cooney
Junior Largest Fish Category: Largest Ray – Connor Dunleavy, Largest Bullhuss – Dearbhla Cooney
Skipper of the Day – Niall O’Boyle – Inishoo
Shore Competition Results: 1st Place – Shane Gilvarry, 2nd Place – Ian Daly, 3rd Place – Fiacrá McKenna
Visit www.newportseaanglingclub.com for further details.
The club will host its final competition of the year (sponsored by Clew Bay Bike Hire) on Sunday the 30th of September. This competition is open to all anglers and we are now taking entries, so please contact Sue on 086 3862568 to book your place.