Belfast Telegraph

Jack catches them young for run at World Championships

By Vic Thomas

Irish international youth team manager Jack Tisdall has announced the teams who will represent Ireland at the World Youth Angling Championships in 2017, being fished on Inniscarra Reservoir, Co Cork, next August.

The Under 25 team comprises Jordan Hall, Haydn Kellegher and Kieran Kelly of Erne Anglers; Aaron Hutchman of East Belfast AC and Rob Kavanagh of Daingean AC. The Under 20s selected are James O'Doherty and Aaron Galbraith of Erne Anglers; Cillian Flynn of Royal Enfield AC; Enda Minogue of New Ross AC and Conor Gaughan of Carrickmacross AC while the Under 15s team is Eoin Rogers of Carrickmacross AC, John Browne of New Ross AC, Roisin Bohan of Erne Anglers, Charlie Richards of Lakelands Ballinamore AC and Rhys Walsh of BSI Sensas AC.

Jack Tisdall said: "I am delighted to present our youth squad including for the first time an Under 15 team of some highly skilled anglers for their age which demonstrates the high level of development of our junior coarse anglers in Ireland. A wide programme of taster sessions, summer schools and national championships introduces newcomers to our sport and reflects the benefits of the coaching pathway in angling.

Sponsorship of tackle and equipment from Tubertini UK Ltd and Van Den Eynde has been secured but the National Coarse Fishing Federation would welcome additional support for the three teams in 2017. Contact Jack Tisdall on 00 44 7813 333694 or

The Irish Angling Development Alliance Irish Open Junior Championships were fished on Lough Muckno where the Novice Section featured four youngsters who had never fished a match before and all caught fish on their first outing at Ireland's premier match venue.

Top rod was Dean Dowling with Gary Fox second and Ciaran Martin and Eoin McDonagh joint third. Eoin Rogers won the U14 section from Charlie Richards and Roisin Bohan. In the U18's, Aussie Conway, followed his win in the feeder championships the week before by picking up the Irish Open title for the first time while Jamie Edwards took the U25 prize.

Meanwhile, it's been another great week for catches at the Birchwood Fishery, Drumquin, with a grand total of 636 trout landed.

Jay McCormick and Michael McWilliams were joint top rods with bags of 41 fish each.Jason MacLean banked 22; Keith Kilburn grassed 18 and Jimmy Kelly tempted 17.

Raymond Forward banked the biggest trout of the week, a beauty at 12lb 8ozs and a personal best fish; Maurice Brolly took another double figure fish at 10lbs and Colin McNiffe bagged one at 9lbs.

Finally, not new to fishing but a newly formed club, Northern Pikers AC have been welcomed into the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland.

The club looks after the Hyde Park Fishery at Mallusk, Co. Antrim, where a survey has recently been carried out with a view to re-stocking. If you would like to join this group of friendly predator anglers, the annual membership is £20 which gives you access to the Hyde Park Fishery and you can contact them at or call Terry on 07922601200.

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