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Peter O’Reilly, doyen of Irish fly fishing who popularised a competition in a array of bestselling books – obituary

Peter O’Reilly, who has died aged 78, was a doyen of Irish fly-fishing, credited with popularising and educational a competition in his local nation in a array of bestselling books.

O’Reilly, a diversion angling officer with Ireland’s Central Fisheries Board, was already a reputable writer to Trout Salmon repository when, in a 1980s, he was approached by Merlin Unwin, a panorama books publisher in Ludlow, Shropshire, to write about a Irish loughs. O’Reilly was not penetrating (“I rebuff writing,” he insisted), though was eventually persuaded.

For dual years he trafficked a nation in his gangling time entertainment his information. A sold problem, he told a publisher Daire Whelan, was accurately…

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