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Press Release 28th June 2006


The Minister for Children, Mr. Brian Lenihan, TD, was delighted to attend the launch of the Emerald World Masters Youth Trout Fly-fishing competition on Monday, 26th June at Carton House Estate, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

To mark the launch and to encourage young anglers to take part in the event, Des Chew of the Dublin Angling Initiative with the assistance of instructors from the Irish National Casters Association, gave casting lessons to a group of children from the Tolka River Alliance. The Alliance, based in Minister Lenihan’s constituency, consists of teenagers from Blanchardstown, Corduff and Mulhuddard and was set up in January 2005 to encourage young people to take an interest in angling and their local environment.

Minister for Children, Mr. Brian Lenihan, TD, with a group of teenagers from the Tolka River Environmental Alliance at the launch of the Emerald World Masters Youth Fly-Casting and Fly-Fishing Competition in conjunction with the Dublin Angling Initiative scheduled to take place in Carton House, Maynooth on the 2nd and 3rd September 2006.

Following the casting instruction, a series of short presentations took place including a presentation from Brendan Begley, Director of Emerald World Masters to Des Chew of the Dublin Angling Initiative, of 10 Bruce and Walker fly rods for the children. Des was delighted with the presentation and was looking forward to the event, ‘I am delighted that the Dublin Angling Initiative is involved with the organisation of the Youth Angling Trout Flyfishing Competition. It is a great opportunity for young anglers to compete and learn from the experts. I would like to thank Brendan Begley and the Emerald World Masters for this generous gift. These high calibre fly rods will ensure the children have the best equipment in order to hone their casting skills’

Following speeches from Pat Doherty, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board and John O’Connor, Chief Executive Officer of the Central Fisheries Board, Minister Brian Lenihan addressed attendees: ‘I'm delighted to be here today to launch this competition. It is great to see so many young people enthusiastic about angling. It is encouraging to see that traditional pastimes are still as popular in today's age of computer and video games. I would also like to congratulate the organisers of the competition, and indeed the whole event, and pay tribute to the numerous volunteers who put in so many hours throughout the year to make events like this happen’

The Youth Angling Flyfishing Trout Competition event is scheduled to take place on the 2nd and 3rd September 2006 in the beautiful grounds of Carton House and it promises to be a spectacular fly-casting and fly-fishing competition for junior anglers. All teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 are invited to participate. Not only will young anglers be in with a chance to win a very attractive prize fund but they will also get the opportunity to see the elite fly casting champions compete at the 2006 World Casting Championships that run until the 8th September.

Pictured from left to right at the recent launch of the Emerald World Masters Youth Fly-Casting and Fly-Fishing Competition in conjunction with the Dublin Angling Initiative are Des Chew, Dublin Angling Initiative, Minister Brian Lenihan, TD and Martin Toher, Tolka River Environmental Alliance


Media enquiries: Marketing Angling Co-ordinator, Eastern Regional Fisheries Board, 087 2746127
Event Bookings: Pre-booking is required for the Youth competition, please contact Des Chew, Dublin Angling Initiative, 087 6740214/01 2787022, email:
For further information on the Championships in September, please visit .

Notes to Editor:
The Dublin Angling Initiative was set up in 1995. Its principle aims are to promote, develop and improve angling in the Dublin and Greater Dublin area and is sponsored by the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board. During the summer months the main work of the initiative is taking young people from National and Secondary schools, summer projects and youth services throughout Dublin City Centre and its suburbs on fishing courses. Already thousands of young people have been introduced to the joys of sea, coarse and game angling at the venues that are accessible by bus and rail from Dublin City centre.

The Eastern Regional Fisheries Board is a statutory authority whose function is to conserve, develop, protect, manage and promote the inland fisheries and sea angling resources within its jurisdiction. The Region extends from the border in Northern Ireland to South of the Wexford coast and includes all catchments which enter the sea between these boundaries.

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