ONE of Ulster’s most popular salmon fisheries has been placed on the market with a price tag of over £2 million. Glenmore, near Ballybofey in Donegal, has been owned by musicians Chris de Margary and Mick Hucknall of the group Simply Red for more than decade.
The 24,000 acre sporting estate offers some of the finest salmon fishing in Ireland on the rivers Finn and Reelan and also offers shooting in the Bluestack Mountains.
Property agent Savills describes the area as ‘pristine’ and providing some of the finest salmon fishing in Europe. Visiting anglers can enjoy a day’s sport on the open water sections for 30 euro and many will be concerned that a change of ownership will mean increased prices or an end to the sale of day tickets. Angling costs have risen elsewhere on the Foyle system despite falling numbers of fish.
Meanwhile tributes have been paid to the the sports greatest champion, Icelandic conservationist Orri Vigfusson, who has died at the age of 75. The chairman of the North Atlantic Salmon Fund will be remembered in Ireland for his campaign to end coastal netting and provide compensation for commercial fishermen. The proposal was first adopted by the Northern Ireland Assembly and later by the government in the Republic and may have saved many small fisheries.
His funeral was held in Reykjavic on Monday.