Angling for Inclusion

Killinarden Angling Initiative has been selected for sponsorship from Inland Fisheries Ireland to support its Open Day aimed at promoting inclusion and awareness.

The initiative was formed in 2014 and is based in Killinarden Community Centre in Tallaght; the main goal is to help with youth development, social inclusion and cross community relationships.

Members of the group have competed in national and international competitions and the Killinarden Angling Initiative also works with Tallaght Probation Services, disability groups and adult programmes.

It was announced this week that the initiative will receive funding from Inland Fisheries towards the ‘Killinarden Angling Open Day’ which will take place in June 2017 in Clondalkin.

The event will focus on attracting young people from Tallaght to the sport and the open day will be held in the impressive surrounds of Corkagh Park Fishery in Clondalkin.

Patrick Ryan, Killinarden Angling Initiative, told InTallaght that he is “delighted” with the sponsorship award. He said: “It is great to receive any sort of sponsorship these days, especially with the way funding has gone, so we are very pleased.”

The Killinarden Angling Initiative has also planned several training days for children from Killinarden throughout the Summer months during which the youngsters will learn how to fish and be offered guidance from trained and certified coaches.

Killinarden Angling Initiative will also take part in the special ‘Angling for Mental Health and Suicide Awareness’ event later in the Summer which will also be part-funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland, and the group has organised a ‘Cast Out Bullying’ event in July.

A similar Mental Health event to raise awareness throughout the Angling community was organised by the Killinarden group in 2016 and it was very successful.

Raising money & awareness for Pieta House in 2016

This year the event, which also raises money for Pieta House and The Hope Centre for the prevention of Suicide and Self Harm, will take place on the Oaklands Lakes, in Co Wexford.

Another Dublin project which has also been selected for the Inland Fisheries Ireland sponsorship is the 94th Dublin Walkinstown Scout Group’s Annual Camp Fishing Programme.

The group will visit Castle Saunderson in Cavan in July where they will camp and participate in a special ‘Learn to Fish’ programme which will be funded by the sponsorship fund.

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland, said: “We are committed to supporting those groups in helping to increase participation in angling and to position Ireland as a premier national and international angling destination.

“This will grow the recreational availability and contribution of angling to communities across Ireland and will also support businesses and jobs in rural communities.”

To find out more about the Killinarden Angling Initiative visit the Facebook page here.