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Irish Angling Festivals & Competitions Survey

image001My name is Paul O’Reilly, I am a graduate student with Cairns School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway, and I am working on a joint project with Inland Fisheries Ireland to try to estimate the value of Irish angling events to the rural towns and communities who host them. The title of the project is ‘The Socio-Economic Impacts of Angling Festivals and Competitions on Local Communities in Ireland’. I have designed a survey which will gather data relating to the distances people are willing to travel to fish in festivals/competitions and how often they are willing to do so – this will be combined with other expenses incurred by participants in such events to estimate the total cost of participating in them and through this we will estimate the true value of such events to the anglers involved and to the host communities. I also have questions on other current aspects of angling such as poaching, commercial over-fishing, pollution etc to gauge angler’s opinions on these issues The survey should take about 10 minutes to complete and any information provided through Sea Angling Ireland will be invaluable.

Click here to take survey

Public Consultation on Inland Fisheries Legislation

The Minister of State at the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Fergus O’Dowd, T.D. invites members of the public and interested parties to send written submissions for consideration by the Department in preparing a new Inland Fisheries Act. The new Act will consolidate, update and amend existing legislation which governs the conservation, protection, management and development of the inland fisheries and sea angling resources.

Submissions may be sent by email to or by post to:

Mr John Donohoe
Inland Fisheries Division
Department of Communication, Energy and Natural Resources
Elm House
Earls Vale Road

The closing date for receipt of submissions is 5.30pm on 28th June 2013. All submissions received will be published on the Department’s website following the conclusion of the consultation period.

Downloads and further information

Further details and links to existing inland fisheries legislation are available at

Winner of Ullcatch Nominated Species Competition 2012

Congratulations to Stephen Colgan, winner of the Ullcatch Nominated Species Competition 2012

You can read his report here

As an overall prize for the year, Bryan O Keeffe the owner and award winning chef of the Westend bar, restaurant and accommodation in Fenit Co Kerry is generously offering one night B&B and dinner for two in his award winning restaurant. Ullcatch is also offering a days angling for the lucky winner and a friend in the Kerry region.

July Ullcatch Competition

The winner of July’s Nominated Species Hunt was that man Steven Colgan again with his report on fishing for Tope in South Wexford resulting in the Tope pictured. You may read about it here.


The nominated species for August are Mullet and Ray.
More details here.

The Bass Mystery Box Raffle

Mystery Box

The Bass Mystery Box Raffle

starts August 20th until October 20th

(in association with Sea Angling  Ireland)

“Mystery Box prize with a value of over 900 Euro’s (£700) ”

Sponsered by Mr Fish, Monster Tackle, Foxons of St Asaph, Glasgow Angling Centre, Absolute Fishing, Veals