Assessment day announced for 2016 Feeder Team Ireland selection

Garbolino Feeder Team Ireland Manager, Brenton Sweeney invites interested NCFFI members and affiliates to attend a trial/assessment to support his selection of the team to represent Ireland at the FIPS-ed World Feeder Championships to be held in Serbia on June 18th & 19th 2016.

The trial/assessment will take place at Annaherrin Lake, Shercock, Co. Cavan on Saturday 30th January meeting at 9am and fishing 10.30am to 3.30pm. There will be no development squad in 2016 but in it’s place a panel of anglers chosen to support the 6 man team and accompany the team to Serbia.

In accordance with NCFFI protocol the Team Manager is authorised to select his team from these applicants based on his assessment. If more than 15 applications are received the Team Manager will organise two qualifiers (no entry fee required) to look at all those anglers who apply. Please note: FIPS regulations allow the inclusion of one foreign national on the International team and all other members must hold an Irish or UK passport.

An application fee of €40 will contribute to the travelling teams costs.

For more information or to express your interest please contact Brenton on 00 353 (0) 87 2510260 or E Mail

World Youth Teams to Fish at Inniscarra in 2017

Further to a meeting in Rome this November the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland has been awarded the honour of hosting the FIPS-ed World Youth Championships in 2017. The event attended by youths worldwide is expected to attract in excess of 40 teams, supporting staff and families to Ireland, the chosen venue being the Inniscarra Reservoir centred around the village of Coachford in Co. Cork.

Der Casey, NCFFI Chairman says:- “We are delighted that our bid to host the Youth World Championships has been accepted from the Fédéracion International de la Pêche Sportive. Hosting this event in Ireland will help to share with our juniors the sport of angling and showcase our investment in the development of our sport and recreation. It will be the largest World Championship angling event to be staged in Ireland and a proud reflection of the professional ability of our volunteering members & associates.

The championships to be staged on the Coachford Greenway, a 2.8km linear park in the form of a walkway providing access for anglers to the Inniscarra Reservoir, to be held in July 2017, are still subject to a technical inspection of the venue which will be further developed to support the event. With over 400 expected to attend the event will provide an estimated boost of nearly €2million to the region.

Tommy Lawton, speaking on behalf of Inniscarra Tourism Development Co. Ltd commented:- “A legacy of the World Feeder Fishing Championships of 2014 and coarse angling in the Cork area, this will be a true success story for the development of the Coachford Greenway and justified reward for the local community. We look forward to showcasing our angling facility to juniors worldwide.

The announcement comes with an amendment to the age categories for the competing teams a change from the 2017 championships which will see the groups extended to allow youths up to the age of 25 to compete.

Jack Tisdall, Ireland’s International Youth Team Manager says:- “To host this prestigious event on home territory is fantastic news for Ireland’s angling youths who have been representing us overseas for many years. We welcome the extended age categories of Under 15, Under 20 and Under 25 which provides more opportunity for those anglers not yet ready for senior teams.

On delivery of the news the sponsors & partners met on the Greenway on a wet and wild winters’ day.
L-R Frank Barry – ESB, Steven Cox – Cork Convention Bureau, Tommy Lawton & Eileen Martin of Inniscarra Tourism Development Co. Ltd, Frances Kinsella – Event Ireland and Der Casey, NCFFI Chairman.

The Coachford Greenway is the 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 Co-op Fund and the National Countryside Recreation Strategy as well as fundraisers from the local community in Coachford and the surrounding area and is now enjoyed by walkers, rowers & anglers.

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