The Irish Federation of Sea Anglers held the 2022 Inter-Provincial Shore Angling Championships in the Killala area over the weekend of 8-9 October. Following still northwesterlies, fishing was tough, particularly on Enniscrone, where weed made certain areas very difficult to fish at times. Check out the video below from John Cunningham!

Enniscrone, Lacken and Dunmoran beaches were the venues used over the weekend. At stake were not just the inter-provincial titles, but also qualifying spots for the Irish teams for the 2023 Home Nations. Competition was therefore fierce. but friendly!

Tight At The Top

After 3 competitions (2 on Saturday, one on Sunday) just one point separated the top two men’s teams, with Leinster just coming out on top ahead of Munster. The Leinster team of Alby Allan, Niall Carabini, Thomas Keogh, Des Farrelly and Stephen Glynn finished on 38 points, just ahead of Munster on 37. Ulster were third on 30.5 points, with Connacht on 24.5.

The qualifiers for the Irish team to fish in Wales next year were Stephen Glynn, Des Farrelly, JP Molloy, Darren Ryan and Alan O’Dowling.

JP Molloy (Munster) with two nice counting flounder

Munster were the only province to field a full ladies team, with Liz McMahon taking the top individual spot on 7 points. The Munster ladies will now represent Ireland next year.

In the Youths competition, the u-16Leinster team of Aaron Willet, Ava Marshall, Daniel Gricius, Evan Mason and Nathan de Kleer finished on 43 points, well ahead of Munster on 35. The under-16 team for Wales next year will be Ava Marshall, Billy Gilvarry, Aaron Willet, Liam David, Nathan de Kleer and Chris Sanbak.

The under-16 team that will represent Ireland in 2023

The u-21 competition was won by the Munster team of Adam O’Neil, Bradley Kirwan, Finn Healy, Noah Tahran and Tom Keal with 43.5 points. Leinster were just behind them on 42 points. The u-21 team for next year will be Cian Corcoran, Adam O’Neil, Bradley Kirwan, Adam Watchorn, Tom Keal and Kai Butler.

Congrats to all the victorious provincial teams, and to the anglers who made Irish teams for 2023. We will be following you in Wales!