Minister Ann Phelan launched the Kilkenny AFYDI hub at the Club House Hotel, in her address she was very encouraging to the members and supporters of the new Kilkenny AFYDI Hub. The minister was very complimentary of the voluntary work being done in the community and the work of the Angling Council of Ireland with this initiative. It was very evident there was great interest in the new hub and Luke Boyle thanked the many sponsors that have already come forward in support. Luke Boyle AFYDI Hub coordinator said the take up and local commitment is great, John McGuiness TD was also very supportive of the work of the ACI and the Angling for Youth Development Ireland.
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The Mayor and Chairperson of the Kilkenny Council also attended, Luke Boyle of SSTRAI explained he had received great political support for the new hub in the region and that this was very welcomed by all the anglers in the Kilkenny region. A number of TD’s and Councillors attended along with Suzanne Campion Head of Business Development Inland Fisheries Ireland and IFI Fisheries Officer support staff who have assisted in the in the delivery of the pilot project.
Angling for Youth Development Ireland is a partnership package from the Angling Council of Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland IFI, where angling groups partner with local community groups in order to offer young people of all backgrounds the opportunity to go fishing. For more details on how to get involved please visit www.afdyireland.ie