Over 250 young people from the Greater Dublin Area took part in the Dublin Angling Initiative, a novice fishing programme delivered by Inland Fisheries Ireland, during the summer. The initiative aims to promote, develop and improve angling among children and young people in the Greater Dublin Area.

Youth clubs, community groups and schools took part in the fishing programme which caters for anyone interested in angling and the outdoors, from the complete novice to the more advanced angler with exposure given to each of the different types of fishing (sea and freshwater fishing).

Mia Cass from NYP Blanchardstown with Rory Keatinge of the Dublin Angling Initiative.
Jamie Powell from Sphere 17 Youthgroup in Darndale returns a fish to water.

Young people from communities in Tallaght, Darndale and Blanchardstown tried the sport for the first time over the summer months; enjoying fishing lessons, fishing trips and family fishing days. In addition to practical fishing exercises, fishing presentations and tours provide an insight into fish, their habitat, conservation measures and even good local fishing spots!

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Dublin Angling Initiative has operated in local communities for over 20 years with many young novices progressing to become skilled and experienced anglers who then join or establish fishing clubs themselves. This year, the Dublin Angling Initiative will extend its offering into the autumn season with national and secondary school groups invited to apply to the programme, alongside youth clubs, community groups and angling associations.

Josh Kinsella from Sphere 17 Youthgroup, Darndale, proudly displays his catch during a fishing trip to Gaulmoylestown, Co. Westmeath.

Brian Beckett, Inland Fisheries Ireland Director of the Eastern River Basin District said: “The Dublin Angling initiative introduces young people to fishing, providing access to angling equipment as well as coaching and guidance around how to protect and conserve our fisheries and broader environment. We are still welcoming applications from groups who may wish to join the programme for the autumn season which will be running for October and November.”

Interested groups should contact Rory Keatinge, Co-ordinator of the Dublin Angling Initiative by email (rory.keatinge@fisheriesireland.ie) or telephone 087 614 2906. All requests will be subject to availability as places are limited.

Novice anglers in action with the Dublin Angling Initiative.