Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

€2.2 million in funding for 115 angling development and conservation projects

While visiting on-going river enhancement projects on the Grange River, a major tributary of the Clare River in Galway, I announced funding, to the value of €2.2m, by Inland Fisheries Ireland to 115 angling development and conservation initiatives as part of its National Strategy for Angling Development, Salmon Conservation Fund and Midlands Fisheries Fund.

The projects, which focus on improving Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resource, will begin delivery in 2018. In total, applications for over 140 projects were received bringing the overall value of projects applying for funding to above €2.9million.

I would like to congratulate the applicants who have been awarded this funding. The projects receiving funding are located in 24 counties across the country. They include fisheries habitat conservation projects as well as the provision of infrastructure and equipment to allow for improved access to angling. Education/youth initiatives and projects aimed at attracting increased number of tourist anglers also attracted funding”. I recently announced to forthcoming addition, in early 2018, of ‘Fisheries Projects Animators’ for Inland Fisheries Ireland and that initiative will support the implementation of these projects in assisting community organisations nationwide in realising these ambitious angling projects and conservation initiatives over the coming year.

The 2017 Funding Call was first announced in August 2017 with local groups and individuals including local development associations, tidy towns, angling clubs, local authorities and others invited to apply for funding, with 115 angling development projects being awarded funding to the value of €2.2m.

The scheme is part of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s National Strategy for Angling Development. The Strategy aims to ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced with a view to ensuring a sustainable habitat and delivering the economic, health and recreational benefits they offer to communities across Ireland.

Inland Fisheries Ireland is aiming to grow the angling sector’s socio-economic contribution of €836 million per year by an additional €60 million annually through the Strategy. This will be achieved by driving angling participation among domestic and overseas visitors, which in turn is supported by improving access to fishing and developing angling infrastructure.

A key element of the National Strategy for Angling Development is to build capability and improve governance across the sector, appointing these project animators is a significant step in realising this goal and also addresses the issues and challenges raised  by stakeholders at the nationwide funding roadshows earlier this year.

Organisation Project Title County Funding Awarded
Woodford Dolmen Hotel Jetty situated on the bank of the River Barrow Carlow €5,802
Cavan County Council Footway to improve access to angling along Prospect Shore at Brackley Lake Cavan €31,444
Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association (LSTPA) Imporove boat slip and car park for angling access at Killnahard Bay. Cavan €24,850
Templeport’ Development Association Templeport Lake Fishing Stand – Secure Funds for Engineering Screening Document Cavan €2,000
Lisdoonvarna Fanore Sea Angling Club angling equipment for Juvenile Training and Coaching Program Clare €6,875
Duceys Personal Development Academy Angling equipment to develop youth angling Clare €2,000
Mallow Development Partnership Restoration and Enhancement of Angling Facilities catering for Game & Coarse Anglers in Mallow Town on River Blackwater (Munster) Cork €89,157
BANDON ANGLING ASSOCIATION Deasy’s Stream Rehabilitation Project Cork €8,399
Buncrana Anglers Association Feasibility study for habitat enhancement and angling acess on the Crana River Donegal €2,000
Rosses Anglers Association Tully Boatshed – for angling boat repair and storage Donegal €21,492
Gweebarra Fishing Club Salmon Fishing Enhancement project Donegal €4,000
Dunfanaghy Angling Association Replacement Lake Boats to improve angling access Donegal €6,575
The Letterkenny & District Anglers Association Angling boats to improve access to angling. Donegal €5,684
Loughanure Anglers Wheel Chair/Less Abled Lake Access Donegal €11,269
Culdaff Sea Angling Club Junior Sea Angling Taster Sessions Donegal €4,275
Creeslough & District Angling Association Development Plan 2014-18 for Angling, Tourism and Conservation on the Creeslough Fisheries, Co. Donegal. Donegal €223,750
Inland Fisheries Ireland Ray River habitate Rehabilitation Project Donegal €27,000
Creeslough & District Angling Association Marketing & Promotion of Game & Sea Angling in Donegal by the Donegal Angling Tourism Alliance (DATA) Donegal €24,638
Crolly Angling Association Crolly River Habitat Restoration and Improvement Donegal €5,760
Finglas Youth resource Centre Expansaion of summer youth angling programme Dublin €5,988
Dublin Trout Anglers’ Association Feasibility report on the Straffan to Celbridge Fisheries Dublin €2,000
Dublin Trout Anglers’ Association Marketing and Promotional Events to Grow Angling Club Membership Dublin €1,300
R Hewat (GlenAlt Syndicate) Protection of further spawning areas & bank reinforcement Dublin €15,000
Inland Fisheries Ireland Dublin Angling Initiative Eatern RBD €70,062
Kilconnell Community Development Association LTD Disabillity carpark and access point and new permanent fishing stand. Galway €6,810
Clifden Trout Anglers Association Improvement of Owenglin river access walkway Galway €19,530
Outdoor Ranger ltd Angling equipment to develop youth angling Galway €2,000
Leenane Development Association Fisheries species, habitat and angling information signage Galway €122
Delphi Fishery Ltd Angling Access Delphi Fishery Galway €1,614
Inland Fisheries Ireland Clare River angler access from Claregalway to Gortatleva (Phase 1) Galway €7,888
Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Ltd Kylemore Abbey Angling Access Programme Galway €19,881
Lough Corrib Angling Trout Federation Fisheries enhancement and angling access project Galway €3,517
Cairde Na Chlair Abbert River Spawning & Habitat Regeneration Galway €56,685
Cathal Hughes Angling Promotional Angling Videos Galway €1,875
kevin Molloy Boathire Purchase of boats to improve angler access Galway €4,375
Annaghdown Angling Club Fencing & In-stream Development Galway €3,026
Forum Connemara CLG West of Leenane Invasive Species Survey and Management Plan Galway €1,837
Hugh O’Donnell Angling boats to improve angler access Galway €4,000
Inland Fisheries Ireland Rock ramp on River Bunowen Ahascragh Galway €120,000
Lough Corrib Boats Angling boats to improve angler access Galway €7,500
Inland Fisheries Ireland Kylemore Riverbank and spawning bed restoration project Galway €10,238
Inland Fisheries Ireland Riparian Management Bealanabrack Galway €4,400
Kerry County Council Big River Habitat Improvement Scheme Kerry €12,335
Daniel O Donoghue Access road, car park and disabled angling stands and box type bridge and guard rails. Kerry €22,000
Daniel O Donoghue Feasibility study,environmental impact study and document preperation into the setting up of availability for access to angling for disabled persons. Kerry €4,373
Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers’ Association Walkways Stiles and Bridges Roadways and Carpark Improvements Kerry €2,033
Kerry Diocesan Youth Service Youth angling development project Kerry €7,470
Caragh Bridge Angling Club Angling equipment for pilot youth angling development programme Kerry €1,012
Athy & District Anglers Club Feasibility Study on water levels in Kellyville Lake, Laois Kildare €6,300
Leitrim Integrated Development Company CLG Angling Marketing Guide: Discover Angling in Leitrim Leitrim €1,197
Ballyhoura Development CLG Invasive species  identification and Management Program in the Ballyhoura Catchment area Limerick €667
Leebeen Park Development Ltd Provision of a public toilet for the use of Anglers in Leebeen Park ,Aughnacliffe Co Longford Longford €9,072
 St. Mel’s College Angling Club Equipment for youth angling initiative Longford €800
Melview Lodge Small easy to manage boat for less able persons to access angling Longford €3,143
Inland Fisheries Ireland Dee Fish Counter Project 2017 Louth €31,467
Boyne Valley Fishing Guides Boyne Valley Fishing Guides website enhancement Louth €1,950
Delphi Fishery Ltd Bank reinstatement and rehabilitation of the Glenummera River, which is one of the main spawning tributeries of Delphi Fishery for wild salmon and sea trout. Mayo €15,000
Inland Fisheries Ireland Erriff Bank Protection/ Western Way Walk 2017 Mayo €23,383
East Mayo Anglers Association Tourist and Angler Information Maps Mayo €5,763
Cong and District Anglers Association Replacement of timber walkway and redevelopment of The Roach Pond Cong Mayo €7,380
East Mayo Anglers Association Erecting/Replacement of stiles and footbridges along club waters of the River Moy Mayo €6,416
Mayo County Council Development of Angling Access and Walk Way Facilities at Aasleigh Falls Mayo €12,500
East Mayo Anglers Association Disabled Anglers Facility Mayo €154,087
Newport Sea Angling Club Equipment for training Novice Sea Anglers Mayo €1,103
Ballinrobe and District Anglers Association Car park resurfacing and parking alignment & security fencing Mayo €21,263
Not an organization, individual angler Riverbank Regeneration Carrowniskey Mayo €529
Inland Fisheries Ireland Carrownisky River Rehabilitation Project Mayo €9,080
Inland Fisheries Ireland Owenmore (Drummin East) Bank Rehabilitation Project Mayo €6,150
Inland Fisheries Ireland Fish Counter replacement Mayo €31,467
Kells Anglers Association Tourist/Visitor mapping and pamphlet design and production Meath €1,580
Navan Anglers Fisheries enhancement project Meath €7,740
Trim Athboy Angling Association Installation of fencing, drinkers, deflectors, top up gravel shoals, bank protection works etc- Meath €15,000
Boyne Catchment Angling Association Deel phase 1 habitat enhancement Meath €15,000
Kells Anglers Association Hartion’s Bridge – Instream habitat enhancement works Meath €15,000
Navan Anglers Spawning gravel Meath €4,920
Monaghan Co Council Develop Angling Access at South Lodge, Lough Muckno, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan Monaghan €111,369
Monaghan Co Council Anny Shore, White Lake – Resurfacing of existing access road and carpark Monaghan €20,549
Monaghan Co Council Lisgillan, White Lake – Improvement of Access Road and Carpark Monaghan €29,206
Monaghan Co Council Improve access to the fishing stands Monaghan €1,706
Bawn area community Group Limited Upgrading and providing new fishing infrastructure. Monaghan €15,270
Inland Fisheries Ireland Dublin Angling Initiative angling equipment Nationwide €8,057
Inland Fisheries Ireland Atlas of Big Fish In Ireland Nationwide €35,603
Inland Fisheries Ireland Youth Angling Development Nationwide €80,259
Inland Fisheries Ireland Pop up pond – bring angling to the people Nationwide €1,100
Inland Fisheries Ireland Angling simulator for introduction to youth angling Nationwide €2,000
Offaly County Council Feasibility Study of the Tullamore River Offaly €2,000
Grange lodge Angling Equipment to Develop Tourism & Access to Strokestown Lakes Roscommon €4,467
Roscommon County Council Portrunny Slipway -Lough Ree Roscommon €50,000
Castlerea Town Trust Fisheries enhancement on the Frances River, Castlrea Roscommon €24,601
Roscommon County Council Cross River Walkway Roscommon €50,000
Lough Ree Angling Hub Feasibility study for a new angling centre, boat and tourism facility Roscommon €935
CAVETOWN RESIDENTS DEVELOPMENTS COMPANY Cavetown Angling Renewal/Development – Reinstate fishing stands, erection of foot stileriparian zone improvement, fish passage improvement, spawning enhancement and provision of in stream structures Roscommon €98,144
Portrun Development Association CLG Portrunny Aquatic Biodiversity Sign Roscommon €1,728
Ballymote & District Angling Club Upgrade of access for mobility impaired anglers and enhancement to existing angling facilities Sligo €17,374
Sligo Anglers Association Replacement jetty structure Aghamore Far- L.Gill Sligo €15,456
ballisodare fishing club ltd Part funding of fisheries angling access development project Sligo €20,000
River Easkey Angling Club  Developing the river  to protect and improve numbers of salmonid species in the catchment, promote angling, deter poaching, improve safety of access and maintain and improve the environment in general Sligo €13,500
Sligo County Council Duff River Angling Access Path Sligo €40,312
Inland Fisheries Ireland Restoration of Breakwater, silt removal of semi enclosed area and boat slip clearance. Sligo €6,089
Sligo County Council Funding to Undertake Appropriate Assessment of the potential  Impact on a Natura 2000 site for a proposal to Install 4 Accessible Angling Stands on Garavogue  River Sligo €2,000
Clonmel Tourism CE River enhancement and restouration program on River Anner Tipperary €32,000
SLIABH ARDAGH RURAL DEVELOPMENT CLG Lough Doire Bhile, tree planting to improve shelter for anglers in open area. Tipperary €6,797
River Blackwater Catchment Trust Access to southern bank of Northern Blackwater Tyrone €5,000
Waterford  City and County Trout Anglers Association Replacement of angling boats Waterford €9,850
Cappoquin Salmon and Trout Anglers Association Repair and improve access to stream deflector Waterford €27,236
Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association Tudenham Stream Enhancement Westmeath €10,509
Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association Kilpatrick Stream Enhancement Westmeath €13,939
Westmeath County Council Angling marketing material for Westmeath €2,000
Westmeath County Council Jeep & Trailor Parking to increase angling access at Tullaghan, Lough Owel, Mullingar Westmeath €24,372
Lough Derravargh Angling Club Boat slip improvement and jetty Westmeath €39,800
River Vartry Protection Society River Vartry Rehabilitation -Tree Pruning and Invasive Species Removal Wicklow €13,025
WICKLOW COUNTY COUNCIL Sea angling access ladders upgrade in Arklow Harbour Wicklow €10,267
Fishing Futures C/O Wicklow Travellers Group Angling equipment to to assist local community groups in providing their students and clients with access to supervised angling activities. Wicklow €1,630
WICKLOW COUNTY COUNCIL Sea angling access ladders upgrade in Wicklow Harbour Wicklow €10,267
WICKLOW COUNTY COUNCIL Sea angling access ladders upgrade in Bray Harbour Wicklow €10,267