Angling notes: Ireland’s first sea-angling champion dies

As a member of Semperit SAC, Michael Kearney was no stranger to top class competition

 

IT IS with sadness that I report the passing of former world shore angling champion Michael (Mick) Kearney following an illness borne with great courage and dignity. In 1991, Michael achieved the ultimate in shore angling by convincingly winning the gold medal at the world shore championships at St Moilets in southern France. It was the first time Ireland had acclaimed a world champion in sea angling.

Michael formed part of a five-man team which competed against 13 nations in the Federation Internationale Peche Sportif (Fips) championships. In the team event, Ireland finished in the reputable bronze medal position behind Germany on gold and the host country, France.

On the team’s arrival at Dublin Airport, he said: “Going into the last day I knew I had to beat three national champions to feature. With a seventh, fourth and second placing behind me, it was vital I kept my head in front on the last day. I was fortunate to draw a good peg.”

As a member of Semperit SAC, Michael was no stranger to top class competitive angling, having represented his club on 10 occasions in the All-Ireland master angler championships. In 1985, he formed part of the Irish team which took bronze in Baden-Baden, Germany.

When asked where he got the time, he replied: “My boss, Michael Wilcox, gives me great support and has sponsored numerous angling competitions.”

I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to his wife Maureen and children Aoife, Niamh and Ross, and to his extended family. May he rest in peace.

All quiet on the Corrib

Staying in the Oughterard area, UK angler Ed Hill had seven trout for 7.7kg on wets and buzzer, best 1.92kg. Larry McCarthy from Corrib View Lodge (087-913 5222) reported some good fishing in the Greenfields area with duckfly still hatching in sheltered areas.

Trout on wet flies trumps

For boat hire and bookings, see drowessalmonfishery.com/ or tel: 071-984 1055.

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The package provides funding for maintenance and repair works in addition to supporting the ongoing development and enhancement of harbour facilities including some marine leisure developments.

Salmon angling course

As places are limited, early booking is advisable. Fee is €150. Tel: +353 86 7835900 or email: ken.whelan@hotmail.com

David Walsh Memorial competition

Closing date for entries is Thursday, April 20th. Entries must include entry fee to Marie Walsh, Cloongowla, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo. Email: ballinrobeanglers@hotmail.com.

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