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ANGLING FOR EVERYONE - An NI ANGLING SHOW will be an integral part of THE IRISH GAME FAIR, SHANES CASTLE, ANTRIM on the 29th & 30th June

Sited within an anglers paradise of Lough Neagh, and the Sixmilewater and Maine rivers the angling section features a number of stands featuring fisheries, tackle dealers, boats, and representative organisations, fly tying, casting instruction & demos, competitions and a put and take fishery for children. PLUS major information stands by DAERA Fisheries Division and obviously access to all the attractions of Ireland's largest country sports event set in the stunning traditional setting of the Shanes Castle Estate.

The great range of competitions is supported by a huge tented village of trade stands including an extended Fine Food Festival with celebrity chef, Emmett McCourt, author of the award winning book Feast or Famine, and a keen angler himself, cooking all types of game and fish dishes including Lough Neagh eels in the Flogas Kitchen.

The angling competitions and demonstrations are organised by Glenda Powell, Stevie Munn and APGAI Ireland

Stevie Munn & Glenda Powell plus the APGAI team will be demonstrating at Shanes Castle

ANGLING PROGRAMME at The Irish Game Fair

Speaking at the launch of the Game Fair at Brownlow House, director Albert Titterington said "Each year we build on success and I am delighted to announce that the NI Angling Show which we introduced as a show-within-a-show a couple of years ago has proven so successful that it will now be an annual highpoint. Angling is, famously, one of this country's most popular participation sports so it is fitting that it should have its own major annual showcase, giving an important new dimension and vibrancy to a Game Fair which already encompasses the broadest possible range of country sports and pursuits.

The Angling team at the launch of the fair
The Angling team at the launch of the fair

John Blair from DAERA Fisheries Division stated "DAERA Inland Fisheries Group is delighted to support and attend the Irish Game Fair at Shanes Castle as a main exhibitor at the event. Previous years have shown us that this Fair, with its many thousands of visitors, is an ideal opportunity to engage with our established customers and the wider public. It is also a tremendous benefit that we have been able to work with the Fair organisers to provide entrance fee discount vouchers for DAERA Angling Licence holders.

SUPPORT FROM DAERA INLAND FISHERIES DIVISION will help fund discounted admission for anglers visiting the Shane's Castle Fair. Discounts are accessed via a special voucher available from tackle dealers North and South. To activate this voucher simply put in your permit/licence no and present it at the gate. Call in to your local angling shop to pick up your voucher or contact DCAL Fisheries Division.



The event is supported by a number of organisations including FISSTA, the Federation of Irish Salmon and Seat Trout Anglers ; the Ulster Angling Federation (UAF), and CAI.

Arthur Davidson Vice Chairman APGA Ireland will be giving Fly tying instruction.

THE PUT AND TAKE FISHERY organised by Bobby Bryans , Mark Tierney and NSN.

This focus on introducing children which was piloted last year, proved enormously successful, as Mark Tierney from NSN explains, "Due to the volume of visitors last year, we welcome the assistance from Loughmacrory Angling Club who have five newly qualified Level 1 Angling Coaches willing to assist us during the event. We learned a lot last year and hope to put what we learned to good use and make the whole experience much more enjoyable. The whole package entails dropping in to the APGAI Ireland Fly Dressers stand to tie up a fly, have a few casting lessons with the APGAI Ireland Casting Instructors, and then come catch a rainbow trout which can be taken home for the table, cooked on site by celebrity chef Emmett McCourt - author of the award winning Book 'Feast and Famine' or released if preferred.

So, bring your kids along to our stand which is located on the way out of the fair right on the shore of the Lough. We would like to recognise the contribution that DAERA's Fisheries Division have made this year again with the donation of trout and we would also like to thank Brian Anderson from AM Angling in Newtownards for the donation of rods for the event and Loughmacrory Anglers for the loan of extra equipment if required. Permitted methods will be fly in designated areas and bait fishing in a designated area."

Children at the Put and Take Fishery
Children at the Put and Take Fishery

And of course Emmett Mc Court, no mean angler himself, will be featuring many game and fish dishes including Lough Neagh eels in his kitchen in the Fine Food Pavilion.

Emmett McCourt

Visitors can also look forward to sampling some of the Lough Neagh Eels which will be cooked at the fair by celebrity chef, Emmett McCourt, author of the award winning book 'Feast or Famine'.

And young anglers should look out for the very slippery leprechaun who can be seen in the angling area.

slippery leprechaun

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