THE Republic’s Inland Fisheries Ireland is to spend 500,000 euro on key angling projects in rural areas, including Donegal and Leitrim on the border. It will invest in projects such as river bank restoration, a fishery recreation hub, access for coarse angling and fishing points (fishing stands, jetties, boat slips, car parking) which will allow for international match events and will upgrade existing disabled angling facilities to include attractive, accessible lakeside and river bank walks.
The projects form part of the National Strategy for Angling Development a comprehensive national framework for the development of Ireland’s angling resource. IFI says the investment in rural angling is crucial in order to realise the benefits which can accrue from the natural fisheries resource. In 2015, Ireland attracted 163,000 overseas visitors. The sector contributes 836 million euro to the Irish economy and supports over 11,000 jobs, often in rural and peripheral communities. Ciaran Byrne, chief executive of Inland
Fisheries Ireland, said, “Inland Fisheries Ireland is delighted to secure this funding for the development of projects which will play an important role in creating a world class fisheries resource and which will have significant benefits for rural communities. The fisheries resource in Ireland is extensive and investment is vital to ensure its ongoing protection, conservation and development. “I would like to thank the communities involved for their commitment to the proposed projects to date. We look forward to working closely with these communities and local representative groups as we grow their unique angling offering.” The projects include improved access to the Gweebarra River at Doochary in Donegal including a designated wheelchair accessible path for anglers and trail walkers along the Gweebarra river valley. Money will also be invested in the Bothar na Naomh Heritage and Nature Trail at Annaghmaconway Lough, Cloone, in Leitrim to facilitate access for coarse angling.
Bridge over the Gweebarra River
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Meanwhile the splendid Mount Falcon hotel in Mayo is hosting a lunch on October 5 on behalf of the charity Casting for Recovery UK & Ireland which provides support, fun and fly fishing for women with breast cancer. The afternoon begins with pink champagne and is followed by a two-course meal by award winning chef Daniel Willimont. It finishes with a fashion show by KALORA. Tickets are priced at 30 euro and can be purchased by calling 00353 96 74472 from Northern Ireland.