Ed Power Obituary

The sad passing of Edward Power from Clonmel, who was our serving Vice Public Relations Officer, is a huge loss to FISSTA and Ireland’s country sports. Irish angling has greatly benefited from his participation with this federation where he was a true leader of our decreasing salmon and seatrout fisheries. Just like his beloved wild Atlantic salmon who knows no borders, his advice was highy valued on both sides of the Atlantic by anglers, scientists and managers alike.

Many in angling did not realise that as a former Director of Transport at Bulmers in Clomel he was also held in very high esteem as evidenced by the very large crowd attending his funeral on the 28h February last. Eddie was a key member and officer of Irish Angling bodies from his early years as but his major achievement was as serving as FISSTA National Chairman in 2006 when the ending of the driftnets was announced. He was a former Chairman of his beloved Clonmel and District Salmon Anglers and served in many officer positions throughout his fruitful life that left a legacy which we all acknowledge. . He was a strong defender of Irish country sports and served on the NARGC board for many years with distinction. However, through his love for salmon and trout sportfishing he became a legendary leader of anglers who kept the pressure on many governments at the crucial times when salmon stocks were at an all time low due to over fishing. His strong qualities of public relations and management completed the international campaign to end the wild salmon driftnets that surely save the species from extinction back in 2006.

His professional contribution to his beloved River Suir and the town of Clonmel was immense having served as Transport Director of Bulmers with distinction. He is survived by his beloved wife Mary and was the much loved father of Anna, John, Alison and Kenneth who gave a very moving homily to a packed church at his funeral Mass.