Thursday, December 19, 2013

Winter Leauge Venue Dates & Times

                          Sat 4th     Jan    11-3    Callow
                          Sat 18th   Jan    11-3    Skean
                          Sat 8th     Mar   11-3   La Libie
                          Sat TBA   Mar  11-4   Key
                          Sat TBA   Mar  11-5   Gara
                          Sat TBA   Apr   11-5   Oakport

Friday, November 29, 2013

Tommy Simon Care Fund

The Angling Club Today Presented a Cheque to Support the Care of Tommy Simon 
Billy Reid Presents the Cheque to Frankie Simon assisted by Christine Mitchell
The Martin Mitchell Angling Cup is held annually in support of Local Causes

Part of the many Team members who contributed
Derrick Winter - Monica Commons - Billy Reid - Frankie Simon - Christina Mitchell - Ann Walshe

Jane Suffin our energetic secretary is instrumental in every club event

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Great Days fishing

Very enjoyable days fishing today with ballaghaderreen & district angling club.
Winning Fish just under 22Lb

Poacher Caught In Galway

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Angler Of The Year

Presentation for the Angler of the Year 2013
Saturday 30th November @ 9.30
An Craoibhin

Winter League 2013/14

·        Saturday  4 Jan       11-3               Callow
·        Saturday  18 Jan     11-3               Finn
·        Saturday  1 Feb       11-4               Na Blahy (measuring boards)
·        Sunday     16 Feb     11-4               Oakport + Donalans Cup
·        Saturday  1 Mar      11-5                Skean
·        Sunday     16 Mar    11-5               Key + Paddy Kelly

·        League  Entry  - 15 Euro   Each Leg - 5 Euro
·        Entry Fee to go towards winner pot
·        Leg fee to go towards day winner
·        Scoring - heaviest fish 4 points,  2nd 3 points, 3rd 2  points,  others  1 point
·        Na Blahy competition (1st Feb) to be judged on length of fish .
See league table for results.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Fisherman of the year Lough Key 10th Nov 2013

1st Myles Quinn
2nd Tom Commons

 Final Standings For Fisherman of the Year 2013

1 : Eamon Conroy
2 : Myles Quinn
3 : Declan Conroy
4 : Tom Commons
5 : Derrick Winter
6 : Jim Clarke

Monday, November 11, 2013

Winter Leauge

 Competitions to be run every 2 weeks during those lovely frosty winter days - suggestions for venues welcome.

·        Saturday  4 Jan      11-3               Venues TBA
·        Saturday  18 Jan    11-3              
·        Saturday  1 Feb      11-4
·        Saturday  15 Feb    11-4
·        Saturday  1 Mar     11-5
·        Saturday  15 Mar   11-5

·        League  Entry  - 15 Euro   Each Leg - 5 Euro
·        Entry Fee to go towards leauge winners pot
·        Leg fee to go towards day winner
·        Scoring - heaviest fish 4 points,  2nd 3 points, 3rd 2 points,  others 1 point 
·        1 competition to be judged on length of fish
·        League table to be created and updated on blog


Monday, October 28, 2013

Clancy Cup

Clancy Cup Results

1st Place - Mark Tracey
2nd Place - Eamon Conroy

Very bad weather conditions called the competition to an early finish so well done to all the hardy participants. Many thanks to Ann and staff at Clanceys for laying on a pleasant evening.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013



 The Winning Fish
 Mindaugas Simkus and his crew collect the Cup
 Billy Reid congratulates the winner
 Declan is the runner up
Well done Michael your preparation pays off 

Thanks to The Railway Bar for sponsoring our Event

Monday, October 7, 2013

Paddy Kelly Perpetual Cup

 Paddy Kelly Memorial Perpetual Cup
Sunday October 20th
Fishing 10am-4pm
   Lough Gara   
  Boat Event 
Presentation Venue Railway Bar 8:30pm
For more info contact Jane 0868302361

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Final Standings For Fisherman of the Year 2013

1 : Eamon Conroy
2 : Declan Conroy
3 : Myles Quinn
4 : Tom Commons
5 : Derrick Winter
6 : Jim Clarke

Eamon won by 5oz in the end.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Micheal Conroy Memorial Perpetual Cup

Michael Conroy Memorial Perpetual Cup Results

Winner    Richie Walsh
Runner Up   Lucy Egan
3rd Place   Eamon Conroy
Ladies Winner  Derdrie Conroy

Good weather conditions gave us a pleasant days fishing and a good turnout of anglers participating. The evenings presentation was followed by music and merriment in Winns bar.

Eamons fish - the early leader 
 Heavier than yours Eamon ! - sorry about your head Lucy !
 Richies winning fish
 Derdrie's winner

All the happy winners

Saturday, September 28, 2013

2013 Calendar of Competitions, Events

Sept 29 Newbridge & Dist. Hunter Cup. Phone Ian 0872873680
Sept 29 Boyle & Dist boat comp on Skean 10-4.Phone Jane for Details 0868301261
Oct 6 Ireland Vs Great Britain Team Challenge
Oct 13 National Pike Championships Qualifier. 2 lakes near Belturbet. Check in at the Seven Horseshoes Hotel in Belturbet from 9.30 for fishing 11 to 4 Phone Sean for info 0873667198
Oct 13 Drogheda & District League
Oct 20 Newbridge & Dist. Davey Ward Cup. Phone Ian 0872873680
Oct 20 Drogheda & District League
Oct 20 Boyle & Dist boat comp on Gara 10-4 Phone Jane for Details 0868301261
Oct 27 Keady & Dist. M.Fisher Memorial Cup. Fishing 11-4. More details later
Oct 27 Newgrange Active Angling 1st Leg of Winter League. Phone Brendan on 0866010272
Nov 3 National Pike Championships Qualifier on Hollybank & Garty Lakes. Chech in at Breffni Arms Hotel from 9.30 for fishing 11 to 4 Phone Sean for info 0873667198
Nov 3 Boyle & Dist boat comp on Oakport Lake 10-4 Phone Jane for Details 0868301261
Nov 10 Boyle & Dist boat comp on Key 10-4 Phone Jane for Details 0868301261
Nov 17 All Ireland Inter Club Team Championships
Nov 17 Newgrange Active Angling 2nd Leg of Winter League. Phone Brendan on 0866010272
Nov 24 Newbridge & Dist. Gunner O`Neill Cup. Phone Ian 0872873680
Nov 24 Drogheda & District League
Nov 24 Newgrange Active Angling 3rd Leg of Winter League. Phone Brendan on 0866010272
Dec 1 Newgrange Active Angling 4th Leg of Winter League. Phone Brendan on 0866010272
Dec 1 National Pike Championships Qualifier Qualifier on River Annalee. Check in at Smyths Bar in Butlersbridge from 9.30 for fishing 11 to 4 Phone Sean for info 0873667198
Dec 8 Drogheda & District League & Christmas Competition.
Dec 15 Newbridge & Dist. Eileen Horgan Cup. Phone Ian 0872873680

Above list on Angling in Ireland website, it seems a lot quieter this year.  

Friday, September 13, 2013

Mickie Conroy Memorial Perpetual Cup

Micheal Conroy Memorial Perpetual Cup.
September 29th Lough Skean.
Fishing 10am to 4pm. Boat Event.
The Presentation will take place in Wynes bar.
For more information contact Jane Suffin 086 8301261.

Martin Mitchell Cup Results

1st Place - Eamon  Conroy
2nd Place - Tom Commons
3rd Place - Liam  Mitchell

Lovely day on Lough Key for the contestants and not a bad day for the fish too ! Calm warm weather which made the fish rather reluctant to take bait. Tom lead for most of the day with Eamon 'stealing' a last minute winner under the nose of Miles ! 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

 Juniors Fishing Competition

Junior Fishing Competition on Wednesday 4th September
Gerry Mattimoe Cup & the Boyle & District Angling Club Shield.
Fishing at the Wooden Bridge from 5.30pm to 8pm.
Under 12 years for the Club Shield.
12 to 16 years for the Gerry Mattimoe Cup.

Saturday, August 24, 2013


This event will take place on Sunday 8th September

Lough Key  Fishing 2pm - 7pm

Entries from Doon shore from 1 pm

Presentation in Daleys Bar 8.30pm

All proceeds from this event donated to Charity

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Paddy Sharkey Memorial Perpetual Cup


We would like to thank all who turned out to fish the Paddy Sharkey Memorial Perpetual Cup. All the local anglers and those who travelled long distances to take part. To the staff of the Moylurg for hosting the presentation and making a great night for everyone, to Ivan and the staff of Troy for the lovely food. Thank you to all those who turned up for the presentation even though they didn't fish, it was great to see so many and it made the night. Congratulations to all the winners, 1st Wayne Suffin, 2nd Guy Collinson,3rd Barry Darby. Junior Winners- Jack Darby,Kyle Bardon,Conor Mulligan,Dean Mulligan. Well done to everyone.

 Nice weather - nice fish
 What is that Martin ?
 No fear - I can handle this one !
 Well done Wayne - a fitting winner !
 Another healthy fish
 Well done boys
 Great to see the juniors enjoying the day
And the grown ups too !

Saturday, May 4, 2013


This years competition was  held on Lough Key. 
The conditions this year followed the weather which we all know is very poor.
Just three trout caught with the Conroy family triumphant,
Eamon in first place beating Declan by a mere ounce !
Well done and lets hope for better conditions next year.
And the winner by a mere ounce is....
Eamon !
Declan looks a pretty cool runner up

Friday, April 5, 2013

2013 Fisherman of the Year Competition

The Easter Festival was not included in the competition list due to most of the members involved in running the event.
Hence the standing after two competitions is as follows:
1st Derrick Winter
2nd Eamon Conroy
3rd Tom Commons
4th Billy Reid
5th Myles Quinn
6th Brian Giblin
7th John Keenehan
All other members still to get off the mark but its a long way to go...
Derrick is leading by about 2pd from Eamon.
There's a few expressing doubt that the early front runners will last the distance :-)
The next round takes place on Lough Gara the Paddy Sharkey Cup, hope to see you all there.
New members welcome.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter 2013 Pike Angling Competition - Views on the event

A Non Fisherman's View

A man once said to me that “You are not mad unless you show it”. This weekend shows that there were 123 of them at Doon Shore in Boyle.

I travelled down early on Saturday to be greeted by a bitter breeze coming in from the lake. My attire, being a non-fisherman was not suitable to the elements and within minutes I couldn’t feel my toes. This inclement weather, however did not deter these 123 hardy souls, who seemed quite content dressed up in their best fishing regalia.

Nothing much changes every year when I team up with the Boyle and District Angling Club. The silence of the dawn is always broken firstly by Eamon Conroy with his dulcet tones and then by John Keenahan, who seems to be the best man in the world at delegating work.  The wonderful Ann and team keep us warm with hot tea and breakfast rolls, whilst not doing my diabetes any good, taste magnificent. Jordan, as usual looks like he has been on a 10 day bender, but he assures me he was on the dry on Good Friday. I nod knowing that the little fella is lying.

Onto the fishing. Over 50 boats tackled the rough lake at 11AM. Fishing was slow on Day 1 but with some fine big fish being caught. Over the 2 days there were 45 fish weighed with 18 of them being over 10lbs. The average weight of the fish was over 9lbs, quite impressive, and the best average weight in the last 8 years. (I can’t go back more than that as we weren’t computerised before that).

The day drifted on with tales of rough seas and bitter wind. The way some people spoke I envisaged a Tsumnai on its way. It never materialised.

At the end of the day, 123 weary, tired and emotional fishermen and women trudged home for some well needed respite. Liam Conroy was one of those. Despite actually catching a fish this year, it didn’t take away from the fact that he was missing his little friend from last year, Stewart, who decided to get married this year and dump poor Liam. Part of me actually felt sorry for him. Part of me didn’t.

Day 2. All refreshed. I envisaged that numbers would be well down on Saturdays due to weather. How wrong I was. Out they came, mad as ever, and like a troop of Napolean’s best and went to war with the elements.

The chirpy Peter Noone was, as ever, full of Scouse wit and positivity. One or two others were not. You know who you are!!!!

The day passed without much incident despite the fact that Jordan left poor Ann to fend for herself as he either forgot to put his clock forward or went on the beer. From the state of the lad, it was the beer what brought him down. Ann, as ever took it in her stride and once again everyone was fed and nobody went hungry. Jordan, I think the P45 is coming!!!!
We finished at 5PM and once I had done the necessary on the computer, the winners were announced.
Juniors – Tomas McDermott with a fish weighing 15lbs 8oz
Ladies – Lucy Egan with a fish weighing 7lb 8oz
Club Member – Declan Conroy with a fish weighing 18lb 2oz

The main prizes were won as follows
3rd Place – Barry Darby – 18lbs 14oz
2nd Place – Marc O’Regan – 20lbs 6oz
1st Place and overall Winner – Michael Bannon from Ballyconnell with a fish weighing in at 23lbs 9oz
Many congratulations to all the winners and participants.
Once Billy Reid had presided over the presentations and had thanked the Sponsors and Participants, I packed up my little suitcase and shuffled off into the night with those same words coming to the fore of my brain “You are not mad unless you show it”. Never forget that!!!!

Kevin (I’m not afraid to put my name to this) Hickey  \m/ \m/

A Fisherman's View

A great competition, like the title its more like a festival and the atmosphere is very congenial with the Boyle anglers hosting this event the organisation is top notch. From the moment you arrive the 'quad boys' are after your boat and its in the water. Car parked,  gear ready on the boat and its off to register and breakfast. The marquee is set up and the rashers smell good, ok I will go for the full breakfast to keep me going till the stew is ready later ! Home made soda bread ? Who can resist with a cup of tea to wash it down. 
Right the boat is inspected, rules studied and the bait is hooked up time to go along with another 50 boats or so, the anticipation builds and the hooter sounds - we are off. The boats disperse quickly to our favourite spots where our imagination tells us the big one is waiting, soon to be disappointed as the expected take is not forthcoming. Shallow or deep ? unwind or downwind ? mouth of the river or the bays ? No lets try the Islands, now where is that deadbait the lure is not doing the business many variables.
Yes finally a take, first fish onboard , now where is the nearest weigh station ? Stag Island just a few minutes  away and the fish is weighed by the fisheries man and signed for, 13lb not big enough is the feeling but plenty of time yet. Still another day to go.
Sunday brings a colder and blustery day without any sun so first call is to see Ann, Doreen and Joyce in the marquee, extra rashers issued today due to the weather, looking challenging out there especially as there is a 23 lb fish on the leader board. Going to be a tough one today. Think we will go for those islands and hide round the back and hope the pike are thinking the same.
In for a bowl of warming stew and washed down with tea and home-made chocolate cake, slip a tenner in the charity box for the food - well worh it. Wonder if a couple of those baked spuds  down the waders will keep the nether parts warm ?
Out on the water we battle with white horses, well ok ponies then, its nice to see the safety boat out on patrol just in case that spark plug plays up again.
All too soon the competition is over and sadly I am not called to the podium to collect a prize but there is always next year and I hear Easter is later so will look for a new pair of shorts in anticipation for I will surely return, God willing, to the fishing.

Mark Tracey - Rush Fishing Club

Committee Members View
Phew ! Another successful competition completed. I understand it has been running for some 21 years now way before my time in the club and what an exciting but exhausting time it is for us.

We would like to thank firstly all the brave anglers who supported our competition this year given the  difficult weather conditions we are experiencing. Three degrees and a stiff south  easterly  are not ideal but fair play to you all for turning out in good spirits and uplifting the event and us the organisers. Whats a bit of bad weather for such hardy determined souls as you surely are. Many thanks to you, the colour you add to the festival is vibrant.

The hard working committee would like thank all our sponsors who unfailingly give their support in such a generous way, its good to see such support from local businesses in these tough recessionary times. Without this support we would not be able to sustain this event.

Thanks to the Fisheries Board volunteers who gave up their Easter weekend to be whisked of to a remote uninhabited (the goats have gone) island to weigh and ensure the safety and welfare of the fish. It was difficult for them to keep warm but the fallen wood was soon collected and heat ensued. 

New this year was home made soda bread and cakes, sadly its only crumbs and the memory of rocky roads, lemon drizzles and chocolate marbles left. Special thanks to Martina Scanlon and Beth Eagan to their efforts in the kitchen and undoubted baking skills . No greater praise can we heap upon the ladies who kept us fed and topped up with lovely warming food, tea and coffees over the competition, to you Ann, Doreen and Joyce many many thanks and please join us again next year. Finally to the tireless Jane without whom us lads would not stand a chance, multitasking is what she excels at and we all thank you from all us (mono minded) fishermen.

Billy Reid, Derrick Winter and John Gallagher (Chair.Vice Chair and Treasurer) 
Boyle and District Angling Club.

See you all again next year.........   



Easter 2013 Pike Fishing Competition

Heavy !


Alternative Launching !

Ann - our wonderful asset
Wonder where that big fish is hiding Shane ?
He could be anywhere Michael !

Where is everyone ? What time is it  ?
Fish are in great condition

What a beauty !

Does he play the guitar too ?
 The Winning Fish
Congratulation and well done Michael

It takes two !
Nice Hat !
Mind the rocks
They can be slippery critters !
Good fish !
Better fish !
Anything you can do !
weighmasters keeping warm
Nice one Declan !
Peter lands a good specimen

Doone Shore is buzzing

Lifejackets donned - safe to go ...

Yep - its cold out there

Any spare dead bait lads ?

I'll get you a sausage from the markee instead

He was that big but got away.......

The sausage at last !
Its great craic too !

What would we do without her ? Starve ?

Speak up Jane - its the hat over his ears !!!

Food !
Anglers need refreshment big time...

Another good one weighed

Billy Reid presiding

Well done Peter
Declan on form 

Ladies prizewinner - well done
A very happy junior with the shield

Barrys efforts pay off

2nd place to Marc - nice cheque

This years winner - a well deserved Michael Brannon
Winners line up - mighty cheques...see you next year