HISTORY

ALittle Bit Of History

In 1933, when North Kildare Trout and Salmon Anglers were founded, Newbridge was a really impoverished town. With the withdrawal of the British Army in 1922, Newbridge witnessed its first recession. The prosperity of Newbridge and surrounding areas was completely dependant on the army barracks in Newbridge and the Curragh Camp. From the departure of the British Army the busiest people in Newbridge were the members of St. Vincent De Paul Society, the National Army Benevolent Fund, The Newbridge Dinner Club and The Labour Exchange. Housing was very poor and the term "Hovels" was frequently used. The town Commissioners were also very busy making representations on behalf of the many unemployed people and encouraging the powers in Government to use the unoccupied Army Barracks to provide industrial facilities. Fortunately, Mr. Rigby Jones came and the Irish Ropes factory was opened in September of 1933. Men, who had been unemployed since the departure of the British Army in 1922, found employment. The Cutlery Factory was opened in 1935. Both factories were opened in the army barracks. These factories provided employment not alone for the people of Newbridge but for the people from surrounding towns and counties for many years. The Annual General Meeting of our association was frequently held in the Irish Ropes Canteen and the Irish Ropes Cup was presented to the Winner of our annual pike fishing competition.

 

 

The Club

The founding members could not have visualised the changes and developments that have occurred in the intervening years.

Newbridge is now a prosperous thriving town.

      We can only imagine their motivation in founding an angling club. Pehaps it was to regularise the availability of of access and angling. Maybe they wished to preserve and enhance the river liffey as a fishery.

      Could they have been attempting to exclude some members of society? They may have simply have come together as a group of people interested in sharing their hobby and socialising. With unemployment rampant in they had plenty of time for angling. Whatever Their motivation they left a strong tradition of angling along the stretch of the River Liffey from Kilcullen Bridge to Millicent Demensne. We are proud to continue this tradition.