Fishing is an outdoor recreational pursuit that can be enjoyed by all regardless of age, ability or social status.  Angling in Ireland should be made accessible and attractive to all through proper information, support and infrastructure combined with enhanced promotion of our angling resources and development of angling as a key leisure pursuit. It provides a valuable environment that builds relationships which is essential to health and well-being.


Rural areas in Ireland have the potential to develop in terms of tourism and employment, however we all need to protect what we have to ensure sustainability of our natural resources. Angling is an outdoor recreational sport and is a skill that has been passed on by generations. Spending time fishing with your family and friends promotes a feeling of security and well-being, making it a worthwhile activity to learn. Wading through rivers and fly casting is good aerobics and can improve your overall cardiovascular health. It promotes relaxation linked to lowering stress and  anxiety levels.


Anglers are among the most accomplished travellers on earth and you’ll get to see more of the world with this  interesting hobby.  I have found that fishing expands the mind and makes life more fulfilling. It inspires a closer connection with mother nature whilst challenging you to master a variety of different skills.  Over time you will learn about different species of fish, their habitat, what food they eat and the challenges they face. Fishing  is an enjoyable sport which allows your mind and body to relax. Simply being outside will help your body top up its critical Vitamin D. This vitamin regulates the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body, keeping your bones and teeth healthy. It has also been linked to helping battle depression.


Fishing is filled with anticipation and you will never know what is going to happen on any cast. Learning about the habitats of fish, where they hide and what they are feeding on is all part of a learning curve. If you enjoy a challenge, give fishing a try.

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