The RNLI will be providing key safety advice for anglers at next month’s annual Angling Ireland Show to be held at the National Show Centre in Swords on the 15 and 16 February.

The safety team will be providing tips and advice on a range of safety devices, including various types of lifejackets and personal locator beacons, and communication aids from VHF radios to waterproof mobile phone cases. Visitors can learn what devices are best suited to their particular needs depending on which activity they are involved with. 

Anyone planning on attending the show is also advised to bring along their lifejackets to as the RNLI’s safety team will be on hand to advise anglers on lifejacket maintenance.

John McKenna, Community Safety Officer with Howth RNLI said he is looking forward to representing the RNLI at what will be his 14 year at the Angling Ireland Show: ‘This show is always a great opportunity for the RNLI to educate visitors on key water safety messages and provide tips and advice so that everyone can enjoy their activity and keep safe when doing so. 

‘For example, when fishing from the shore, we would always urge shore anglers especially those who fish off rocks, to wear a lifejacket and to carry a means of calling for help and know how to use it. We would advise using a mobile phone that is in a waterproof case. When fishing from a boat, check hull fittings for leaks and always have a means of plugging a hole in an emergency.

‘As well as wearing a lifejacket, always let someone on the shore know where you are going and when you are due back. Should you get into difficulty or see someone in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.’

More water safety advice is available online at

Meanwhile, if any angling, sailing or water sports clubs would like a member of the RNLI Sea Safety Team to give a sea safety presentation or carry out a free lifejacket clinic, please contact John McKenna at

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