Angling Job Opportunity NI

Are you looking for a full time role in coarse angling?

Want to share your knowledge, coaching and enthusiasm with others and contribute to the sport of coarse angling in Northern Ireland?

Then this could be for you……

The Ulster Angling Federation in partnership with the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and Outdoor Recreation NI wishes to appoint an Active Clubs Coordinator.

The successful applicant will be responsible for increasing angling club membership in Northern Ireland with particular focus on youth, female participation and areas of higher social need by developing and implementing innovative initiatives and programmes.

Click here for the full job description and application form.  Closing date 23rd January 2015.

Tubertini Team Ireland Juniors selected for 2015!

Further to a series of qualifiers Junior Team Ireland Manager Jack Tisdall has selected his teams for 2015.

14 U18 anglers will represent Ireland who will be fielding two teams at the Celtic Cup event to be hosted by the NCFFI on the Newry Canal in July and 5 international U23’s will head to Serbia for the Youth World Angling Championships in August.

To see the juniors selected click here



Newry Canal is chosen venue for the 2015 Junior Celtic Cup

The Celtic Cup is a two day competition fished to international rules every year with each of the nations taking it in turn to host.  This year is the turn of Ireland and the NCFFI are pleased to announce the proposed location as the Newry Canal, Albert Basin in Northern Ireland. Subject to some minor improvements the pegging will be on the council owned O’Rourkes Coalyard section.

The event will take place from Wednesday 1st to Saturday 4th July providing time for practice on the venue ahead of the competition itself taking place on Friday and Saturday.

Ireland will be fielding two Under18 teams of 7 to include male & female anglers in order to give additional young anglers some experience.  Team selection will take place shortly.

The NCFFI will work with Newry & Mourne District Council and the Loughs Agency to promote the event.

Welcome to our new website

We are delighted to announce the release of the first stage of a new website, a mobile friendly platform to complement our popular social media presence on which we can share the role and achievements of the federation and our partners.

The next stage to be released soon will include the provision of a members section and a calendar on which we will share the events run by our members at club, league, national and international level.

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland strives to provide first class representation of coarse angling in Ireland, North and South. Our objectives include providing access to angling for all, the improvement of facilities for the angler, junior development and coaching, representation at and the hosting of international events as well as national and club events along with better legislation for our members and for coarse angling in general.

€20k of equipment for our novice anglers!

Minister Michael Ring has granted The Angling Council of Ireland €50,000 for the purchase of tackle and equipment for junior anglers through the Sports Capital Programme. The Irish Sports Council were instrumental in negotiating this level of support which will bring over €20k worth to the NCFFI for coarse and predator young anglers.

The NCFFI and ACI now have the resources to drive a comprehensive programme for novices. This programme will be delivered through Angling For Youth Development Ireland, AFYDI in conjunction with Inland Fisheries with whom strategy meetings are already scheduled to take place.

More Good News for Newry Canal

 Following a meeting on Friday between the NCFFI and senior officials from Newry and Mourne District Council, the council have agreed to look at a proposal for further remedial works to enhance the bank space at the Albert Basin.

When carried out there would be a potential 50 pegs available all in the council owned O’Rourkes coalyard a secure site where you can park behind your peg.

More news to follow

Newry Canal Teams of 8

 The Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation in conjunction with Newry & Mourne Council recently opened up a new section of the Newry Canal to anglers. This Loughs Agency venue has been received very well by the anglers with many events held over recent weeks opening doors for new events such as the ‘Teams of 8’ held on 16th November.

     40 anglers competed in the first Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation teams of 8 event on the Newry Canal today.

    The match was fished by five teams in mild fine conditions on the canal coloured by the recent heavy rain.

   Lurgan Coarse Angling Club came out tops with 17pts. Runners up were Erne Anglers AC with 21pts just beating East Belfast    AC 21pts on weight 19kgs to 15kgs. The NCFFI Junior International U23 came in fourth with 23pts and the U18’s in fifth place   with 37pts.

Overall individual winner was Johnny McKinley, Lurgan AC and recent recruit to the NCFFI Feeder Development squad. Johnny caught over 100 fish on the pole for 5.460Kgs on the basin section peg 4.

Runner up was Gordon Williams, Erne Anglers AC with 5.070Kgs also on the pole, his catch included a 2.450Kgs bream late in the match.

In third place, fishing on the 30peg main match length was Paul Eyers, Erne Anglers AC with 3.990 Kgs of pole caught fish at 13m, On the same strecth, peg 40 was Phillip Jackson, Lurgan AC coming in with 3.890kgs.

Well done to everyone it was a very enjoyable day and we hope to expand on this event for the future with additional teams.

Launch of Coachford Greenway

Pic. John Sheehan PhotographyIt was two years in the making but Friday 31st October was the official opening of the multi-purpose amenity on the shores of Inniscarra Lake in County Cork, named as the Coachford Greenway.  Minister Sean Sherlock cut the ribbon and officially opened the Coachford Greenway assisted by Jerry O’Sullivan ESB Deputy Chief Executive and Olive Loughnane, Olympian Walker.  Over 160 people including walkers, joggers, anglers, families, children and dogs were in attendance to mark the occasion as Father Peadar blessed the walkway.

Following the occasion local dignitaries and project partners moved inside to Breathnach’s Bar in Coachford as hosts of Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd, the driving force behind the project for the official presentations over lunch.  Here Minister Sherlock commended the partnership on the project and was supported by Mayor Alan Coleman who said Cork County Council were delighted to have played a part in the development which will bring revenue to the area.

The ILTDL in association with the National Coarse fishing Federation had the anglers in mind with the design of the walkway already host to the World Feeder Fishing Championships earlier this year and a bid has been made to bring the European Junior Championships here in 2017.   A legacy for the coarse angler which hopes to attract more interest to the area.  Suzanne Campion, Inland Fisheries Ireland expressed their delight with the project which is very important to the IFI as it opens up access for anglers on the lake. Angling Tourism generates €750m into the Irish economy each year and according to IFI studies coarse anglers generate the majority of this.  Coachford and Inniscarra caters for the coarse angler so it should bring more to the area in the future


The Coachford Greenway is the final product of a two year long project to develop a multi purpose amenity  by Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Limited in association with the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and in Partnership with the ESB, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Cork County Council. The project was funded by a grant from Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, along with Cork County Council,  Inland Fisheries Ireland,  the Coop Fund and the National Countryside Recreation Strategy as well as fundraisers from the local community in Coachford and the surrounding area.

The project, a huge investment for the region, has provided a 2.8km linear park in the form of a walkway, now available for everyone to enjoy;  walking, jogging, rowing spectators, family days out, picnics and fishing.

In August 2013 the ESB  entered a 25 year licence agreement with Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd to support the development and facilitate the construction of the ‘Coachford Greenway’ on ESB lands. The ESB has provided support to the Inniscarra Lake Tourism during the construction phase and will continues to do so into the future.

In July 2014 The National Coarse fishing Federation of Ireland hosted the 4th World Feeder Fishing Championships on Innicasrra Lake and welcomed teams from 25 different nations onto the Coachford Greenway.  The event was an overwhellming success bringing much welcomed revenue during the championships which showcased the magnificent facility to anglers Worldwide.

Full Time Sports Development Officer – Angling NI

We are very pleased to announce that a joint application made by the Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation UCFF and Ulster Angling Federation UAF to Sport Northern Ireland to secure one of 18 proposed full time Sports Development Officer posts has been accepted.

Such is the need for a role in the promotion of angling in Northern Ireland that even when a reduction in funding reduced the number of posts from 18 to 12, our sport scored highly in an extremely competitive field and the joint application was approved to fund this position for a period of four years.

The post to be advertised shortly via will carry an excellent salary package with allowances. The successful applicant will work closely with both organisations to increase participation in the Sport of Angling in NI. In particular the role holder will target underrepresented groups to include juniors, females, the disabled and those with special needs to form new angling clubs and increase the membership of existing ones.

The UCFF and UAF will continue to work closely with Sport NI to deliver more of the recommendations contained within the NI Angling Review for the benefit of all anglers in Northern Ireland.

Waterways Ireland Schools Competition

This annual event held on Saturday 11th October is organised by the Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation a provincial council of the NCFFI and sponsored by Waterways Ireland and Shakespeare Tackle with additional support from Irish Bait & Tackle and Magherafelt District Council. This year the venue was, courtesy of Bann Systems Ltd,  the Lower River Bann at Magherafelt District Council’s coarse angling facility near Portglenone.

Schools from across Northern Ireland were invited to enter teams of 4 anglers of any ability and places were quickly filled.  20 schools entered the event  from the four corners of the Province.

Weather conditions on the day were good for the match and the 80 competitors, but unfortunately there was little or no flow on the river which made the angling difficult.  Tactics were largely determined by the experience of the anglers present; those juniors with some experience and tackle fished the whip or pole while others used feeder tactics. Weights, because of the conditions were lower than last year with the best recorded weight of 2.080 kg by James O’Doherty from Erne Integrated College.

A panel of UCFF certified coaches and officials were on the bank to help the less experienced armed with ample supplies of swim-feeders, hooks and bits & pieces supplied by Shakespeare Tackle and with fresh maggots from Irish Bait & Tackle nearly everyone caught fish.

For many of the competitors it was their first time angling and with roach, gudgeon, perch and some small skimmers caught it is sure to release the angling bug in our juniors who all enjoyed the day!

Congratulations to Coleraine Academical Institution whose team took first place in the competition with 12 points with the school awarded with a Silver Plate.  Runners up were Dromore High School with 16 points and in third place Erne Integrated College with 17 points.

Magherafelt District Council hosted the presentation at the Parochial Hall in Bellaghy held after the competition.  Councillor Kate McEldowney was present to award the winners with their tackle prizes, vouchers, medals and trophies valued at over £1,500.

1st place              Coleraine Academical Institution, – Each team member received a Shakespeare Agility feeder rod, a Gold medal and a tackle voucher valued at £30. The school received a silver plate.

2nd place             Dromore High School – Each team member received an Agility fishing reel, a Silver medal and a tackle voucher valued at £20.

3rd place             Erne Integrated College, – Each team member received a Shakespeare Keepnet, a Bronze medal and a tackle voucher valued at £15.

Tackle prizes were also awarded to the individual angler with the best weight in their section as follows;

Individual Winner            James O’Doherty             Erne Integrated College,                              2.080 kg

Section A                           Paul Cunningham               Coleraine Academical Inst.          1.150 kg

Section B                          John Hyland                         Dromore High School                    0.330 kg

Section C                        James Cunningham             Coleraine Academical Inst.           1.550 kg

Section D                       Oliver Ferris                           Dromore High School                    0.370 kg

The UCFF would like to thank all the sponsors for this event encouraging the promotion of angling as a sport and pastime in Northern Ireland but also to the coaches, parents & teachers who were on hand to assist.

All our members of the UCFF work on a voluntary basis to introduce juniors to their sport.  It has been rewarding to receive the following feedback;

Once again, many thanks for organising a wonderful day.  Indeed two of our Team, who despite never having fished at all before, and not catching on the day, have decided to try Coarse Angling seriously! Hope to see you next year”  Phil Arnold  – Omagh High School

“Just to say my lads and dads enjoyed the day. You can’t put a price on the value of that experience together. Moreover congratulations to you and your team on such a professional event and I would participate in future events or similar if offered . Thanks again. “  Gary Todd – Loughshore

Thanks. We all had a good day and thank you and your team for the opportunity. I was very impressed with the patience shown by the members of your team and the time they gave to helping the kids. Hope to perform better next year. It has further fired the interest for such fishing with several of the boys we took along”   Gavin Pyper – Ballymena Academy

Participating schools:  Coleraine Academical Institution, Dromore High School, Erne Integrated College, RBAI, De La Salle, Loughshore, Saintfield High School, Bangor Grammar, Newtownbreda, Omagh High School, Magherafelt High and Ballymena