These guys have recovered a raft of objects including cutlery, scrap metal, gates, registration plates, mobile phones, laptops and a wheelbarrow
An unusual form of fishing is budding on Ireland’s waterways with catches including supermarket trolleys and a Suzuki motorbike.
Gda Emma Brady shares a passion for magnet angling with a group of friends.
They have recovered a raft of objects including cutlery, scrap metal, gates, registration plates, mobile phones, laptops and a wheelbarrow.
The process involves casting a heavy-duty magnet with massive pulling power attached to a strong rope into the water and seeing what attaches.
The environmentally-friendly pastime is growing here and is hugely popular internationally with a host of online forums, blogs and YouTube channels.
Ms Brady, from Swords, North Dublin, was introduced to the hobby in the first lockdown last year when other sports were cancelled.
The 37-year-old told the Ryan Tubridy Show: “You’re throwing it out, you’re pulling it back slowly and the magnet has massive power so if there’s anything within three or four centimetres of the magnet as it’s coming back, the pulling force is going to pull whatever metal object is near it and it’s going to attach to it.
“Once you see something and you have a hold on it and it’s coming and if the magnetic lets go or the rope snaps, it just makes you more determined to get it.
“You nearly had it, then you want it.”
On a recent trip to the Royal Canal, Ms Brady and three friends recovered a motorbike.
It took all four of them three magnets, three grapple hooks and a friends Kia Sportage to haul it to the to the surface.
Ms Brady said: “The water helps because whatever’s heavy will become buoyant in the water.
“I was able to check the motorbike, just out of curiosity, and it turns out that it had actually been stolen in September of last year.
“I got on to my colleague who was dealing with it and he was able to contact the owner and the bike was returned to him.”
She said the hobby is hugely popular in the North with more sinister finds including bombshells, guns and knifes.
Ms Brady said a starter kit would cost around €50 but this would rise to €100 with a stronger magnet and rope.
She said she spots evidence of people magnet fishing along riverbanks and that a group in Limerick had recently recovered a sword that was donated to a museum. Ms Brady joked: “My dad is hoping I find the Ardagh Chalice.”
BY CILLIAN O’BRIEN
06:00, 19 JUN 2021