DUNDALK man Terry Kelly has achieved a first for his country by being the first Irishman to win gold in the 4 Nations Fly Fishing competition.
Originally from Fatima, Terry currently lives in Manydown Close and is a member of Dundalk and District Brown Trout Anglers club.
Terry was one of six Irishmen who represented Ireland at Barfinnehy Lake in Killarney at the 4 Nations Fly Fishing competition on Wednesday, October 19.
“We practised for four days prior to the competition. The practise days were windy and rainy but the conditions were fairly good on the day of the competition,” said Terry.
“The competition started at 9.15am and ran until 6.30pm. There were 24 anglers from four different countries participating in the event - Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.”
He added: “The Irish team consisted of two Leinster men, two from Munster and two from Ulster. We were very slow to start and the team was in last position at lunchtime.
“However, we made a fantastic comeback to win silver in the finish up. Scotland won gold, England took bronze and Wales got the Wooden Spoon.”
Terry was named the overall winner of the international event - the first ever Irishman to win gold in the 4 Nations Fly Fishing competition.
He is pictured here with the Individual trophy and his gold medal.
“I am absolutely chuffed. I have only just come down off the clouds now. The trophy and medal are in a safe place, not to be moved,” he said.
“I think the team was able to turn it around in the end because we had a plan and we stuck to it. It didn’t start off well but eventually things started to come right for us.
“We had a controller behind us and all of the fish were thrown back in the lake in line with the catch and release policy. The Irish team caught a total of 13 fish on the day.”
Terry concluded: “The qualifiers for next year’s tournament took place at Lough Aisling in Co Offaly on Sunday last and I made it on the Leinster team. The top six Irish anglers will be picked next March.”