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Some of the anglers who took part in the RNLI fundraiser in Courtown on Sunday.

Some of the anglers who took part in the RNLI fundraiser in Courtown on Sunday.

Some of the anglers who took part in the RNLI fundraiser in Courtown on Sunday.

BLUSTERY conditions and heavy surf made for a bitterly cold but challenging day for the 85 anglers who came from across Ireland to take part in the Courtown Sea Anglers RNLI fundraiser on Sunday.

The shore angling competition was held on Kilgorman beach near Castletown, and the long line of anglers down the coastline made for an impressive sight. The winner on the day, with 24 fish, was James Ryan from New Ross, while Joe Byrne from Courtown was second. Third was John Watchorn from Bannow Bay.

First in the winner's zone was Harry Mckee Jnr from Belfast, while Harry Mckee Snr was second. It was a catch and release competition.

Anglers from Galway, Belfast, Clare, Wicklow, Dublin, Waterford, and across Wexford took part, and many of them went back to the Courtown RNLI Lifeboat House afterwards for warm refreshments.

Organiser Joe Byrne sent thanks to all who took part, all the prize sponsors and anyone who helped in any way. A big thank you went to the crew of Courtown Lifeboat for their assistance on the beach and their hospitality afterwards.

It's hoped over €4,200 was raised on the day for the local lifeboat.