Flyfishing event in Tipperary awarded sponsorship funding

  • Inland Fisheries Ireland announces sponsorship for angling initiatives and events
  • Range of coaching and juvenile events aimed at increasing participation in angling, which well over 320,000 Irish adults already enjoy

Inland Fisheries Ireland, the state agency with responsibility for the protection and conservation of freshwater fish and habitats and promotion of angling, has announced funding for projects under its annual Sponsorship Programme. The programme supports novice or ‘beginner’ anglers and the development of sustainable angling tourism in Ireland, which could grow in popularity, particularly in rural and peripheral areas.

In Tipperary, funding was granted to the Clonmel and District Salmon and Trout Anglers Association, which held a new angler introduction to fly fishing and family day in Clonmel.

According to a recent survey by Ipsos MRBI, over 327,000 adults in Ireland consider themselves an angler. Now, more than ever, people are discovering the positive effects angling has on mental health and wellbeing, the state agency has said. In another survey, undertaken in 2021 by Amárach Research, some 18% of adults that had never been fishing before said that they are “likely” to try angling in the future.

Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Sponsorship Programme received proposals from community groups, clubs, associations and other bodies earlier in the year. Making the announcement this week, Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland, said: “More than 320,000 adults in Ireland already enjoy angling and 18% of those who haven’t tried it before are likely to try it in the future. This demonstrates that there’s significant potential for sustainable angling, which could bring many health and economic benefits to the people of Tipperary.”

She added: “Through Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Sponsorship Programme, we want to encourage people to try angling sustainably and we also want to encourage more beginners, especially girls and women into the sport. The projects that are being supported this year showcase a wide appeal for angling events, coaching and competitions. These projects and initiatives will create a greater awareness of Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resources and the importance of conserving and protecting these precious resources.”

The full list of events and initiatives receiving support under the 2021 Sponsorship Programme can be seen at



Full listing of awarded projects is available here:

Angling Research

Source: Ipsos/MRBI/ESRI Research

According to research in 2020/2021, the national angler population in Ireland is estimated to be 327,000 adults.  Research from Ipsos/MRBI (commissioned by ESRI and funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland) shows that 8.7% of the adult population consider themselves an angler. People are discovering the mental health benefits by taking up angling as a recreational pursuit.

Research conducted from July 2020 to February 2021 by Ipsos/MRBI (commissioned by ESRI and funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland). 16, 159 people were surveyed by Ipsos/MRBI between July 2020 and February 2021.

Source: Amárach Research

An online omnibus survey, carried out by Amárach Research in July 2021 and funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland, shows that 18% of respondents who had not tried angling before (with a rod and line) are “likely” to try it in the future.

About Inland Fisheries Ireland (

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.

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