THE Athy and District Anglers Club has honoured the memory of the late writer, broadcaster and environmentalist Dick Warner with a fishing stand on the river Barrow at the courthouse in Athy.
Mr Warner was well-known in Kildare and the final episode of his TV series Dick Warner’s Great Irish Fishing Odyssey in which he fished for perch featured Athy and club chairperson John Shaughnessy – who recalled it as one of the wettest days.
A good crowd turned out for the unveiling on the afternoon of Sunday 9 June, including Dick’s wife Geraldine and sons Sam and Luke who John described as having been “delighted” with it. “We are delighted to honour such a great man on the river,” he explained. “His favourite spot was the Barrow.”
The commemoration came as the club celebrates its 60th anniversary, having been founded back in June 1959. After the stand for Dick Warner was unveiled, proceedings moved across the river to the new library. The birthday celebrations included finger food, speeches by Jack Wall and Cllr Aoife Breslin, slideshows featuring pictures down through the years and a video of Dick Warner on the canals and rivers.
“We had a good crowd,” said John, who explained that for him the highlight over the years has been “getting the fishing stands on the river here and seeing anglers coming from all over Ireland or even England to fish them”.
John also paid tribute to the various people and organisations that have supported the club, including the Tidy Towns, the Lion’s Club, Kildare Co Council, Athy Enterprise Centre, local councillors, and the Clanard Court Hotel and Mary Fennin.
“Only for the support of all these various groups… we wouldn’t be half the club we are,” he remarked.
Up next for the Athy anglers is the Tom McStay memorial fly fishing competition which takes place on Sunday 30 June, with fishing from 11am to 3pm. Check in takes place at Grangecon fishing lake at 10am on the day while a presentation will also be held later that night at 8pm in Jim McEvoy’s pub on Leinster Street in Athy.
For more see www.athyanglers.ie.