Martin McGuinness fly fishing competition in Donegal gets green light

The Martin McGuinness memorial fly fishing competition will go ahead on July 25 following the easing of Covid restrictions, it has been confirmed.

Friday, 11th June 2021, 6:57 am
Updated Friday, 11th June 2021, 6:57 am

A spokesperson for the Martin McGuinness Peace Foundation said they were delighted that the event could take place after the pandemic forced its cancellation in 2020.

“Martin’s love of angling was well known and whenever he managed to find a bit of spare time, he would take the opportunity to do a bit of fishing,” the spokesperson said. “Such times allowed him not just peace and quiet away from his hectic political duties but also provided him with a bit of space to reflect and recharge.

“Therefore, the annual fly fishing competition, jointly hosted by the Foundation and the Buncrana Anglers Association, is a very appropriate way to remember him and has already proved to be a hugely popular event.”

2015: Martin McGuinness and Gerry Kelly fishing. (Kevin Scott / Presseye)

The competition will take place at the Fullerton Reservoir in Donegal. Anyone interested in partaking is advised to book early by contacting Sean McCrystal on 07840269464.