History

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Howth Sea Angling Club was formed in 1970 and since then, it has developed into one of the foremost Angling Clubs in Ireland. The first meeting took place in the Royal Hotel (Bailey Court Hotel) on February 13th 1970. Since then meetings have been held on a monthly basis in such venues as The Camelot, The Grove, The Asgard, The Summit, The Pier House, and The Deer Park. It was in the late seventies that the idea of an Angling Centre as a home for the club was first mooted. Under the chairmanship of Michael O’Leary a series of fundraising campaigns, including race nights, Lotto, American nights, Christmas fairs, auctions and our biggest regular fundraiser, The Howth Strawberry Fair, were organised.

The club is indebted, also, to such business’s as Chadwicks, Pharmacare, Cantrell and Cochrane, Wella, Green Isle and Abbey Life who generously supported, through sponsorship, our competitions, boat and shore. The competitions organised by the club were the Howth Open which was held during Howth festival week and the Rush Open but the competition most synonomous with the club, was the Midsummer Nights Madness, a beach competition, held on the Saturday nearest to the 21st of June each year. Through the good offices of of FAS the members dream of having their own Angling Centre, became a reality with the official opening by Minister Michael Woods in 1993. The centre is a monument to the progressive thinking, ceaseless determination and countless hours of hard work by successive committee and members of the club.

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