Press Release 27/09/2018 Irish Federation of Sea Anglers



Irish Federation Sea Anglers World Shore Championships 2018


On Saturday next, September 29th, the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers under 16 and under 21 teams will travel with their coaches from Dublin Airport to Manta Rota, Vila Real de Santo Antonio in Portugal to compete in the 27th World Shore Championships under 21 and the 18th World Shore Championships under 16. The competition runs from the 6th to the 13th of October 2018.


The under 16 team are Eoin Foley, Finn Healy, Ben Barron, Finnian McCarthy, Darragh Byrne and Evan Ryan. The under 21 team are Ryan Blair, Sean Carley, David Farrelly, Connor O’Leary, Killian Farrelly and Jake Melly. The Managers travelling with them are Jim Snoddy, Joe Byrne, Brian Cooke, and Darren Ryan.

The Qualification process for these teams started last year when anglers competed at club level in Provincial Championships. The top five from each Province then competed at National level and the top six overall were selected.


Last year our under 21 team were presented with the silver medals while our under 16 team narrowly missed out on bronze. We also had an individual under 16 medal with David Farrelly. A lot of preparation has gone into this year’s team and it is hoped that they will come back with more medals to Ireland. The total cost for this year has reached in excess of €22,000 and it was all self-funded.


The competition will take place over 7 days in Praia de Manta Rota. Their accommodation will be in the Praia da Lota resort. The species they will be fishing for are Mullet, Sole, Garfish, Bream, Common Bass, Goldline, Weaver, Turbot and Mackerel etc. The bait supplied to each angler per session will be 4 Worm Slime, 2 Korean and 4 Sardines. It will be a catch and release system used throughout with points awarded. There will be 24 teams competing, 12 in each age category. Ireland has been awarded host nation status of this prestigious event for 2020.



John Martin,

National Secretary,

Irish Federation of Sea Anglers.


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Notes for the Editor:

The IFSA, a voluntary body and member of the Angling Council of Ireland is the NGB for sea angling recognised by Sport Ireland and Sport NI.The Federation founded in 1953, provides support for affiliated clubs and members, runs national competitions and presents International teams for Boat & Shore, Senior, Ladies and juniors on the world stage. We are an inclusive organisation and embrace the ACI and Sport Ireland requirements for Anti-doping, Garda Vetting, Children First, Safeguarding 1, 2 and 3 training for our members. Through the ACI we deliver training on conservation, angling coaching courses, coaching people with disabilities, H&S, Safe Wading & River Rescue and a range of First Aid courses. This has helped our organisation to develop along an angling development pathway in line with other sporting NGB’s.