FISHING COMPETITION: Pat Curran and Timo O’Sullivan, organisers of The Lough Lein Anglers Association, Killarney. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan
By Sean Moriarty
Lough Lein Anglers’ Association chairman Timo O’Sullivan described last Sunday’s annual charity fishing competition as an outstanding success – after over €25,000 was raised for the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dun Laoghaire.
The annual fishing competition, dubbed ‘The Charity’ by association officials, has in over 32 years, raised nearly €230,000 for various charities.
The overall competition was won by Hugh Healy from Mallow who landed six trout. The youth section was won by Boris Yzic of Killarney. He also finished second overall after he landed seven trout, but narrowly missed out on the overall title by a few grams.
The ladies title went to Ann McWilliams from Kanturk.
This year the association chose the Dublin based hospital where O’Sullivan recuperated 32 years ago following a work accident. More recently, Killarney teenager Ian O’Connell was treated there following his 2017 accident.
Anglers travelled from all over Ireland to participate in the event, Timo explained.
“It was an outstanding success,” he said. “We had set ourselves a big target and we had put in the work in organising the event since February. The money will go towards providing technology for people who have restricted mobility following an accident. Simple things like opening and closing a curtain can be done by technology these days.”