Saturday 16 February 2019

Angling star hits out at lack of funding for world title bid

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Ian Begley

Ian Begley

One of Ireland's top sea anglers, who will represent the country in South Africa this month, has hit out at the Government for its lack of financial support.

Rosaleen Murphy (57), from Blanchardstown, Dublin, will be travelling to Langebaan on January 30 to compete for Ireland in the World Angling Championships.

She will be joined by her five teammates who are competing on behalf of the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers. But despite the numerous achievements it took to qualify, Ms Murphy said they will have to pay around €3,000 each.

"It's about €2,500 for travel and accommodation costs alone, but that doesn't cover the price of the fishing gear we need when we're over there.

"You would think that anyone who represents Ireland would be entitled to some sort of funding, but unfortunately it's just not the case for us.

"It's an awful shame that the Government is not supporting us because competitive fishing in Ireland could go a very long way."

Irish Independent

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