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Nothing fishy here: 500 children from across Dublin have been taught how to fish

Children from Darndale, Jobstown, Mulhuddart, Whitechurch and a number of inner city youth projects took part in the initiative.

027 Nicky O' Hagan and Matthew McDonald of Whitechurch Youth Group Nicky O' Hagan and Matthew McDonald of Whitechurch Youth Group, Rathfarnham.

MORE THAN 500 children from across Dublin have taken up fishing in 2016 as part of an initiative that has been running for the last two decades.

The Inland Fisheries Ireland angling initiative aims to promote fishing in the Dublin area and this year young people from Darndale, Jobstown, Mulhuddart, Whitechurch and a number of inner city youth projects took part.

Over the year they participated in fishing trips and competitions, visited Naval ships and enjoyed family fishing days.

The initiative caters for anyone interested in angling, from the complete novice to the more advanced angler. Presentations are given to provide insight into different types of fish, their habitats, conservation measures and education regarding local fishing areas.

Since the programme started 20 years ago, thousands of young people have taken part.

“We’re delighted to see so many young people picking up a fishing rod for the first time and returning to it over the summer months.

“Fishing is a hobby that can be enjoyed at any age or ability, in urban and rural settings and it has a wealth of health and well-being benefits associated with it,” said Brian Beckett, director of the eastern river basin district for Inland Fisheries Ireland.

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