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  • Northside West

Catch of the day!

Monday, 19th November, 2018 1:00pm
Catch of the day!

Rosaleene Murphy Murphy is looking forward to represeting Ireland. Photo: Darren Kinsella

Catch of the day!

Rosaleene Murphy Murphy is looking forward to represeting Ireland. Photo: Darren Kinsella

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Orla Dwyer

A FISHERWOMAN who doesn’t like the taste of fish is certainly unusual, but local Mulhuddart woman Rosaleene Murphy leaves her catch off the kitchen table. 

Rosaleene has been fishing for most of her life and has recently taken it to club level. She is heading to the 4th Sport Fishing World Championships next year in South Africa representing Ireland.  

“I don’t think from a Blanchardstown perspective anybody realises that there’s somebody here qualifying for the world championships,” Rosaleene said.

She is the only Dublin woman on the Irish Ladies team with other members from Bray, Shannon, Waterford and Antrim. Along with fishing, Rosaleene is a staff nurse in AnovoCare Nursing Home in Swords. 

“I spend a lot of time fishing. When I’m not working, I’m fishing,” she admitted. 

“This is the first time for me doing the world championships,” she said. “It’s fantastic to be able to represent the country.” 

Before the team get to South Africa, they need to raise a lot of money. They are self-funded and Rosaleene has been reaching out to the local community in Mulhuddart for support. 

According to manager of the Ladies team Jim Snoddy, travel and accommodation for the team will cost €24,000. Costs for equipment will be between €500 and €1.000.

Murphy said Angels and Flowers in Mulhuddart has offered to do a raffle to raise money for the team’s trip and she is hoping for more help like this. 

Despite her skill with the line, however, Rosaleene does not cook her catch. 

“I don’t eat fish, so I release the bulk of them,” she said. “I just never liked the taste of fish.”

Although she is a Dublin woman, her fishing club is Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club (SAC) in Kerry where she has a mobile home and visits regularly. She is not a member of a Dublin club due to a bad experience in the past. 

“When we went to join a Dublin club, we weren’t made to feel very welcome as ladies at all,” she said. 

“The club I did approach also asked me to be Garda vetted.

“I’m a staff nurse. Why do I need to be Garda vetted to fish?”

She has since gotten an apology from the club in question. 

There are sometimes bigger fish to fry in the water as Rosaleene mentioned she once caught a shark during a fishing trip abroad. 

“That was a big moment,” she said. 

“There is preservation and we do our best to maintain the stocks and look after them by catching the fish without injuring and stuff like that,” Rosaleene explained. 

Her knowledge of fishing is mainly self-taught, and she has passed what she knows on to her daughter. 

“I would be self-taught through friends fishing as a group in Howth. There would have been a good few of us out there learning off each other and by reading magazines,” she said. 

Although she did teach herself for the most part, Rosaleene said people don’t quite understand the technical aspects of fishing. 

“People just think that we go out and throw a hook in the water and catch a fish,” she said. “But we have certain species that we target so you need certain skills to go with that.” 

Rosaleene is hoping locals in Dublin 15 get behind the Irish team’s fundraising efforts to help them compete in the Sport Fishing World Championships.

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