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Kildare man Seamus Cash crowned World Trout Fly Fishing Champion

It dates back to 1965 when Shay Cash (Sarsfields) lined up at the back for Kildare in the U21 All-Ireland final when The Lilies beat Cork.

All these years later and the man who wore no. 3 shirt that day is again in the winner’s enclosure but this time away from the GAA headquarters.

Besides his love of football, Shay Cash has been an avid fisherman and lover of the outdoors for around 40 years. A member of the North Kildare Trout & Anglers Association for years, he fished for Ireland in the annual quadangling competition involving Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales (2018) and has also fished for Leinster.

He has been fishing in the Midlands for many years now, originally with his late father, the famous and popular ‘Quinner’ Cash and his late brother Peter.

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Shay Cash became the 64th winner of the World Trout Fly Fishing Championship at Cushlough Bay, Lough Mask, which spans both Mayo and Galway. Some 370 entrants at €150 per person, resulting in fabulous prizes worth over €20,000.

Shay’s top prize includes a boat worth €5,000, a motor worth €3,500 and a specialist rod worth €1,100.

With the weather proving unfavorable for angling on the final day, Shay’s fish weighing 2.875lbs was enough to get him into the winner’s enclosure ahead of Stuart Marshall, Belfast, who had two fish weighing 2.65 books. Billy Graham, Banbridge, Co Down, finished third with two fish, weighing 2.358 pounds.

Seamus, who fished the World Cup for many years, said dry fly fishing was key to his success.

Full Results 1, Seamus Cash, Newbridge, Co Kildare; 2, Stuart Marshall, Belfast; 3, Billy Graham, Banbridge, County Down; 4, Patsy Tracey, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh; 5, PJ O’Brien, Mallow, County Cork; 6, Christy Crotty, County Waterford; 7, Paul Colreavy, Castlebaldwin, County Sligo; 8, Brendan Moran, Kells, County Meath; 9, Chris Oliver, Navan, County Meath; 10, Des McCullough, Newtown-
Abbey, County Antrim