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Peter O’Reilly: Cavan male was ‘most associating fly fisherman in Ireland’

If a illusory author JR Hartley is a name many compared with fly fishing in England, his reflection in Ireland was roughly positively a really genuine figure of Peter O’Reilly.

The Cavan man, who has died aged 78, published a array of bestselling books on angling that have turn bibles for those dedicated to a competition in Ireland.

He was also many in direct as a clergyman of a puzzling art of fly casting and accompanied luminary anglers such as his good crony Jack Charlton, Ian Botham and Eric Clapton on fishing trips as good as visiting dignitaries to Ireland.

Born during Maudabawn, Co Cavan, where he schooled to fish on a stream Annalee, O’Reilly was a gifted footballer and curtain during St Patrick’s College in Cavan before holding adult a post as diversion angling officer with a Central Fisheries Board.

He trafficked to all corners of Ireland, from a Bann in Coleraine to a Blackwater in Co Kerry, articulate to fishery managers and internal anglers as he collected a resources of information on a singular characteristics of a island’s loughs and rivers.

He began essay for Trout and Salmon repository in a 1980s and was swayed to write 4 books: Loughs of Ireland: a flyfisher’s guide, Rivers of Ireland, Flies of Ireland and Flyfishing in Ireland.

O’Reilly also ran a fly fishing propagandize nearby his home in Navan, Co Meath, represented Ireland in a sport and briefed unfamiliar reporters on Ireland’s fisheries on interest of Fáilte Ireland.

His publisher Merlin Unwin told The Irish Times he was “without doubt a many associating male in Ireland” about fly fishing. 

“He was a meticulous, respectful and keen author, inexhaustible with his fishing and fly-tying recommendation and, via a 35 years of a author/publisher friendship, he was always a pleasure to work with.”

His widow Rose also pronounced he was a ardent conservationist.

“Peter always reminded us that a Earth does not go to man, male belongs to a Earth. Whatever he does to a web of life he does to himself… Respect, safety and strengthen it; each partial is sacred.”

Peter O’Reilly died on Dec 6 2018 and is also survived by a son, Patrick.

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