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Irish Ladies Flyfishing Association to visit Lough Conn on Salmon Festival Weekend

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“The 1993 Irish Ladies Flyfishing Team that fished the first International Ladies Flyfishing Championships to be held in Ireland and which took place on Lough Conn in September 1993, with the late Anne Geary (front row 2nd left) of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, founder of the Irish Ladies Flyfishing Association and Team Manager for 1993. Mary Mary McGovern from Co Leitrim (back row 2nd left), and Madeleine Kelly from Co Down (back row 3rd left), have both qualified for the 2024 Irish Ladies Flyfishing Team to fish in Wales.”

The Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association (ILFA) will be running the 2nd trial of their 2023 league on Lough Conn on Saturday 15th July 2023.

The League is an important fixture for members of the ILFA as it determines the team to represent Ireland the following year at the International Ladies Flyfishing Championships fished against teams from England, Scotland and Wales. The next 4-Nations international event for the Irish Ladies Flyfishing Team will be held on Llyn Brenig in 2024.

Ann Kerrin, Chair of the ILFA said,

“Lough Conn was chosen on that weekend as a venue for our trial because the Ballina Salmon Festival will be happening. A number of our members are keen salmon fishers and it was felt that the festival atmosphere would provide a good social event for our members. It is also 30 years since the ILFA held its first trial (March 1993) which happened on Lough Conn. So it seemed an ideal time to be on the beautiful Lough Conn and it will be great to meet up with old friends”

Women will be travelling from all over Ireland to take part.

For any woman interested in taking part in this event please contact our PRO Liz Dermott on [email protected]

There are training days for women new to fly fishing happening over the late summer. More information can be found on our website www.irishladiesflyfishing.com or by contacting Liz Dermott on [email protected]

The 3rd trial will be at an Ulster Venue – Holy Lake in Co Cavan on 10th September.