May 07

Omagh Anglers Association 2018 fundraiser for Charity

J Smithson collecting the Star prize for his sister Laura from Chairman Freddie Spratt at Birchwood Fishery Drumquin

We had our fund raising draw at Birchwood Fishery Drumquin yesterday the 6th May. The draw was conducted by Stevie Smyth and Ian Sproule and was totally impartial. I want to thank everyone who bought  and sold tickets for the worthy causes that we were supporting namely the Air Ambulance NI and the Palliative Care Ward in Omagh Hospital. I would also like to pay special thanks to Kenny Harvey as our ticket master supreme for the fantastic effort that he has put in for this venture. We decided that we would put in a major effort on the prizes this year for our 75th Anniversary

 A word of thanks must also go to all the fly tyers and sponsors of the prizes that were so kindly donated to the Association for this draw. No money raised was retained by Omagh Anglers Association , all going to the two chosen charities. Our latest count had approx £1600 was raised for the two causes. 

The smaller prizes were drawn out first with all tickets being put back in for the major prize. Although it is somewhat unfair to call any of the prizes small as any prize was of good value and we had 17 prizes in total.

2nd  Hand crafted wading staff by Hugh Stewart Ballymoney was won by Stevie Martin

3rd  Fly box full of flys from D Mc Closkey Sr  was won by George Jordan

4th Wooden box of salmon flies from D Fulton,J Martin J Mc Donald , Andersons won by Martin Tracey

5th Full box of flies from D Mc Closkey Jr won by B Mc Laughlin

6th Framed Irish Salmon Flies from I Grieve won by Hugo Mc Sorley

7th Framed photo of Willy Wans from B Mc Gillion won by Frank Curran

8th Salmon Flies from P Grieve box from B Winters won by D Brennan

9th Fly Reel from NM Tackle won by Ian Sproule

10th Loop hat from Bridge Tackle Strabane won by Adam Wilson

11th Hat brooch by John Martin  won John Irwin 

12th Hat Brooch by J Martin won by N Hall

13th Hat Brooch by J Martin won by Ray Wilson

14th Hat Brooch by J Martin won by S. Mc Guigan

15th Forceps , scissors from D Hamilton won by Adam Breen

16th  Presentation priest from Martin Tierney won by J Mc Laughlin

17th Wooden Boot stand Martin Tierney won by M Moore 

All these tickets were drawn by Stevie Smyth of Birchwood. The star prize was then drawn after all previously drawn tickets were re- entered and this was drawn out by Ian Sproule owner of Birchwwod Fishery and this was won by Laura Smithson! ( I will talk nicely to her regards a price now!) The prize as seen in earlier posts was a handcrafted wooden fly box made by D Spratt and containing 55 salmon flies tied by local tyers J. Mc Donald, D Fulton and J Martin.