Three angling initiatives in Clare granted funding

Three angling initiatives in Clare granted funding


Three angling initiatives in Clare granted funding through Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Sponsorship Programme.

Sean Canney TD, Minister with responsibility for inland fisheries, welcomed funding for 87 angling events and initiatives across the country during the year as part of the programme which supports novice anglers and angling tourism to the tune of €30,000.

Angling clubs and federations applied to the programme, which is a funding mechanism of the National Strategy for Angling Development, for support in hosting angling competitions, conservation events and novice coaching programmes. In Clare, funding was granted to:

Lisdoonvarna Fanore Sea Angling Club’s International Angling Week 2019 which took place in Fanore in August.

Lisdoonvarna Fanore Sea Angling Club’s Junior Training Programme which took place in Fanore in June.

Romanian Catch & Release Angling Association’s Predator Angling event which took place in Lough Derg in March.

Minister Canney said: “We hope that an additional 600 novice anglers will try the sport and over 1,500 experienced anglers will take part in competitions as a direct result of this Sponsorship Programme. Inland Fisheries Ireland has delivered financial support which will allow us to recruit new anglers and support initiatives which attract domestic and overseas angling tourism to rural communities.”

Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “This is our sixth year in a row of providing €30,000 per year in grants to help those who are partaking in angling for the first time and to support the angling community in promoting our wonderful angling product. The Sponsorship Programme is helping us realise some of the objectives of the National Strategy for Angling Development which aims to make angling accessible and attractive through information, infrastructure and support.”

For a full list of projects and initiatives receiving funding, visit


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.