Naughten confirms angling fund is now open for applications to boost angling tourism in the Lakelands

In Local Issues, News, Tourism by Denis Naughten

(Image shows Minister Naughten at Lough Acalla, Kilconnell, which underwent significant investment – removal of old wooden angling catwalks and insertion of new concrete catwalk and floating galvanised angling catwalk and access pathway)

Local Minister Denis Naughten is urging angling groups and associations across Roscommon-Galway to apply for funding that will help boost angling visitors to the region and encourage new anglers to take up the sport.

The Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) Sponsorship Fund 2018 is now open for applications until Monday, January 22nd confirms Naughten.

“I am encouraging angling groups across Roscommon-Galway to apply for funding that will help boost angling tourism in the region which in turn will have a positive knock-on effect of supporting our local economy and maintaining jobs in the hospitality sector. Recreational angling is estimated to have contributed over €800 million to Ireland’s economy last year while supporting more than 11,000 jobs,” added Naughten.

“The IFI Sponsorship Fund can be used to finance the staging of major international competitions locally that would showcase on a global scale what we have to offer in the Lakelands. The fund can also be spent on encouraging novice anglers to get involved in fishing as a hobby through education and awareness campaigns.  In addition the Fund can help towards resourcing initiatives that promote conservation and protection of inland fisheries and sea angling including seminars, workshops and training.  Support from the Sponsorship Fund can either be financial or advisory from Inland Fisheries Ireland staff members,” stated Naughten.

The Fund supported 79 events and initiatives across 19 counties last year.

Applications for funding from the Sponsorship Fund 2018 is now open until Monday, January 22nd 2018 and all applications can be made online at https://www.fisheriesireland.ie/Angling-Information/sponsorship-programme.html