Dick Warner and Ken Whelan enjoy some angling on the Tolka in Dublin.
The Dublin Angling Initiative
The Dublin Angling Initiative was set up in 1995. Its principle aims are to promote, develop and improve angling in the Dublin and Greater Dublin area and is sponsored by the Inland Fisheries Ireland. During the summer months the main work of the initiative is taking young people from National and Secondary schools, summer projects and youth services throughout Dublin City Centre and its suburbs on fishing courses. Already thousands of young people have been introduced to the joys of sea, coarse and game angling at the venues that are accessible by bus and rail from Dublin City centre. The Initiative has also been a catalyst in setting up fishing clubs for many of these young people and given them a hobby they can enjoy for life.
Another vital role of the Initiative is to stock waterways and small lakes in the Dublin area, thus providing anglers with a greater variety of fishing. We are aware of the need for more angling locations and the initiative has assisted in the creation of new fisheries.
During the winter months, the Initiative visits schools in Dublin promoting the benefits of angling as a pass time and the need to protect and conserve our aquatic environment. Fishing competitions for juniors and a host of other events feature on the calendar of the Dublin Angling Initiative, attracting greater interest to the sport year after year.