Through the hard work of Dorrie Gibbons and other anglers in ILFFA and around the island of Ireland Cast a Line for Autism is back again for 2023.

What originally started out as a significant birthday celebration has turned into an annual charity fishing event.

Having fished from an early age and having represented Ireland on 9 occasions at the International Ladies Fly Fishing Competitions competing against England, Scotland, and Wales and fishing in angling competitions across Ireland, Dorrie felt this would be a great opportunity for her angling friends to support a very worthy charity event.


The competition is run in a way where the angling competitors organise their own partners and they have a choice of lakes to fish wetfly or dapp on Lough Mask or Lough Corrib. All competing anglers must return to Lydon’s Lodge Hotel in Cong for the weigh-in that evening. There is also a raffle for the non-anglers to win some amazing prizes. Dorrie and the other organisers are hoping that they will have a good turnout this year and there will be plenty of support.

To date the ‘Cast A Line For Autism’ charity fishing competition has raised over €37,700 for charities related to children with special needs.

This year’s proceeds will be in aid of St. Anthony’s Special School, Castlebar.

The wetfly/dapping competition will be fished on 29 July from 11.00am to 6.00pm