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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Kanturk angler to fish for Ireland

Ann McWilliams

KANTURK angler Ann McWilliams will fish for Ireland in the 2013 Ladies International Championships next month.

It be Ann McWilliams' 11th appearance on the Irish team, when the championships take place at Caragh Lake, near Kilorglin, Co. Kerry, from June 10-13.

Ireland has the opportunity to host this prestigious championship every four years and the venue offered has always been a wild brown trout fishery. The Irish team will be joined by women's teams from England, Wales and Scotland.

"This is a very special year for the ILFA as the host nation and we will be able to show off one of the most spectacular angling venues in Ireland to an international audience," said Julie Gerry, chairwoman of the Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association (ILFA) and international president for 2013.

"Wild brown trout venues are not as common in the rest of the British Isles so it will be a great treat for the visiting teams to be fishing such a spectacular venue."

Ann, originally from Lisburn, Co Antrim, has been fishing for almost 20 years. She also had the honour to captain the Irish team on three occasions including their first victory on Lough Leine in 2009.

A hospital representative for Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company, she has also completed eight international marathons and hopes to run this year's New York Marathon. She also enjoys mountain climbing and reached the summit of Killimanjaro.

Ann is also secretary of the Kanturk and District Trout Anglers and has done an amount of work teaching young local anglers the skills of fly fishing.

The 2013 team will be Captained by Julie Gerry from Maynooth, Co Kildare, and they will be joined on the team by Mary Murphy from Mallow.

The team will be coached by Denis Cronin from Macroom while Alan Griffin from Tralee will be the team fly tier.

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