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Press Release 25th September 2006


Minister of State for the Marine, Mr John Browne, TD, attended the prize giving ceremony for the well renowned Rosslare Small Boats Festival last Friday evening in Crosbie’s Cedar Hotel, Rosslare, Strand, Co. Wexford.
Based in the Minister’s constituency, this four day event, now in its 21st year, attracts more than 90 UK anglers and provides the perfect opportunity to highlight the excellent sea fishing available on Ireland’s southeast coast. The festival ran from the 16th September to the 22nd September. Unfortunately, weather conditions were the worst that this competition has encountered in its 21 year history. In effect, 3 days fishing was lost which meant that the normal 4 day species competition was reduced to 2 days. However, the weather did not dampen the competitive spirit and all tactics were used by the 34 boats to in an effort to win the competition.

Minister John Browne was given a warm welcome by the competitors and he was very supportive of the event. ‘I was delighted to attend the prize giving for the Rosslare Small Boats Festival. Each year, it grows in popularity and I have no doubt this is as a result of the great sea fishing and hospitality on offer in Rosslare as well as the dedication and hard work by the organising committee. I would like to thank the organisers of the event including John Meaney, Phil Hallsworth, the Central and Eastern Regional Fisheries Boards and all the UK and local sponsors’.
There was an array of prizes on offer including fishing equipment products as well as substantial monetary prizes and engraved plaques. Sponsors for the competition in the UK include Plastimo (Navman Electronics), Shimano, Shakespeare, Svenson Sports, Johnson’s Angling in Liverpool, Stena Line, Sea Angler and Ralph Barkely. In Ireland local sponsors include Failte Ireland, Rosslare Service Station, Londis, Morgan’s Café, The Central Fisheries Board, the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, Self Catering Ireland and Crosbie’s Cedar Hotel.

The main prize was presented to the team that caught the most species of fish over the duration of the competition and it was second year running for Steve Mills (Gosport and District Sea Angling Club) and Dave Timms from Portsmouth who won with 20 species recorded giving a total weight of 10.54 kgs. In second place, were Richie Stead and Keith Pemberton from the Wirral Boat Angling Club who had 19 species with a weight of 17.22kgs. In third place, were Mike Woods, Alan Johnson and Colin Cooke from Southport and Sefton Boat Angling Clubs who had 19 species with a weight of 15.06kgs.

Sea fishing off Rosslare harbour allows for an angler to catch a wide variety of species including; coalfish, cod, conger eel, dogfish, flounder, gurnards, ling, plaice, Pollack, pouting, ray, smoothhound, tope, whiting and wrasse. For information on all the best fishing on Ireland’s East Coast, please visit the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board website:

Next year’s event will take place from the 8-14th September. The Eastern Regional Fisheries Board would like to invite all small boat anglers to take part. Further information is available from Ms. Josie Mahon, Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, 01-2787022 or


For further press information, please contact Marketing Angling Co-ordinator, Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, 01-2787022/087 2746127

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