Fisheries Awareness Week in Ireland

by David Proudfoot

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) is hosting a national Fisheries Awareness Week (FAW) on 12-20 May. The initiative will feature over 70 free events, including free fishing for trout and coarse fish on some waters.

Fergus O Dowd, Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, launched the initiative and noted that: “recreational fishing in Ireland is often a shared family or group activity, contributing to community cohesion and development. It also provides benefits through its outdoor, physical nature for individuals, and brings a shared responsibility of our fisheries resources.”

Encouraging everyone to get involved, Suzanne Campion, Head of Business development with IFI, stated: “This is a great opportunity to try fishing. There is old fishing gear lying in the back of sheds all around the country and now is the time to dust it off and get together with friends and family for a fun days fishing. Simply go to for details of events or to apply for your free permit.”

FAW events include Fly Tying, Family Fun Days, sea, pike, coarse and game angling. A list of the sea angling specific days which include tutition sessions and both boat and shore events can be foundhere.


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