Investment in rural angling supports local tourism & job creation
Minister Denis Naughten has welcomed the allocation of €1/4m for local angling projects, stating “this investment will help to support the development of angling tourism in the area”.
The investment will deliver improved angling facilities at Donamon; Kilconnell; The Meadows, Athlone; and Cortober, Carrick-on-Shannon.
The projects in County Galway & the midland counties include 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 upgrade of existing disabled angling facility to include attractive, accessible lakeside and river bank walks.
“The investment is as a result of plans developed by Inland Fisheries Ireland under the responsibility of my Department, which have been funded by Minister Heather Humphreys in the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs,” added Minister Naughten.
Inland Fisheries Ireland has been awarded funding for the following projects:
Project and Location
Improved access on Sli na Finne
Gweebarra River, Doochary, Co. Donegal
Extension of designated wheelchair accessible path for anglers and trail walkers along the Gweebarra river/ valley.
Facilitate angling on Bothar na Naomh Heritage & Nature Trail
Annaghmaconway Lough, Cloone, Co. Leitrim
Extension of existing nature trail to facilitate access for coarse angling and kayaking along with a number of fishing points plus extension of current walking trail.
Maintenance of Angling Facilities at ‘The Meadows’
Athlone, Co. Westmeath
Improve existing infrastructure in place to support river bank angling for major international match events.
Accessible Angling at Suck Valley Way
West Roscommon and East Galway adjacent to Donamon and Kilconnell
Provide a new match angling stretch to provide a further space for international competitions close to the current wheelchair facility.
Development at Lough Nanannagh
Knock Road, Claremorris, Co. Mayo
To develop Lough Nanannagh as a Stocked Trout Fishery aimed at providing an ideal location for young people and novice anglers to try the pursuit. A recreation hub will be included incorporating an accessible walk around the lake and upgrade of building to include canteen and toilet facilities.
Improve access at Curry Grange Lake
Edgeworthstown Road, Ballinalee, Co. Longford
Provision of a boat jetty to improve access and provision of fencing to allow access to the lakeshore for anglers while also protecting the land and livestock.
Upgrade of facilities at The Mudflats
Elphin Road, Carrick On Shannon, Co. Roscommon
Upgrade of existing mudflats angling location to include provision of floating fish stands for angling, upgrade of facilities including toilets, roadway, carpark areas, signage and fencing.
River Bank restoration to a tributary of the Suir
River/Graveyard Wall at Newcastle, Co. Tipperary
Restoration of a stone wall that is adjacent to a loop walk along a tributary of the River Suir and is currently in danger of collapse into the river.
About Inland Fisheries Ireland
Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. IFI promotes, supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. IFI also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.
Angling Participation Statistics:
According to Fáilte Ireland, there were 163,000 overseas visitors who participated in angling in Ireland in 2015
(Ref: http://www.failteireland.ie/FailteIreland/media/WebsiteStructure/Documents/3_Research_Insights/3_General_SurveysReports/Tourism-Facts-2015-Preliminary.pdf?ext=.pdf )
There were approx. 40,600 visits taken by anglers from Northern Ireland to the South of Ireland in 2012
(Ref: http://www.fisheriesireland.ie/media/tdis tudyonrecreationalangling.pdf)