€275,000 has been invested in 18 angling development and conservation projects in Galway. The investment has been made by Inland Fisheries Ireland, an agency under my remit as Minister of State for Natural Resources.
Ahead of the funding allocation I visited on-going river enhancement projects on the Grange River, a major tributary of the Clare River that runs through counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. The works, which have been made possible by a unique collaboration between Inland Fisheries Ireland, the Office of Public Works (OPW), Cairde na Chláir and the Clydagh Foundation, are being conducted over a 3.5km stretch from Grange Bridge to Cahergeal and include: gravel shoals at key points on the river bed, alternating and pared deflectors (which help oxegenate the water), placement of random boulders at relevant spots, bank protection, the digging of channel pools at certain sections, vegetation management along the river banks, and fencing where appropriate.
I congratulate all the successful applicants located across 24 counties and especially those in Co. Galway. The appetite among Galway angling community groups for investment in angling is reflected in that fact that Galway secured 12.5% of the funding awarded by IFI across the 24 applicant counties. This is also a clear sign of the importance attached to recreational angling in the Galway region and of the hard work dedication of these groups and the excellent support of IFI.
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.
The projects which have received approval include:
1. Calla, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe – Disabillity carpark and access point and new permanent fishing stand – Kilconnell Community Development Association Ltd (€6,810)
2. Owenglin River, Couravoughill,Clifden. Co Galway – Improvement of Owenglin river access walkway – Clifden Trout Anglers Association (€19,530)
3. Tuam, Co Galway – Angling equipment to develop youth angling – Outdoor Ranger Ltd (€2,000)
4. Leenane public carpark, Co. Galway – Fisheries species, habitat and angling information signage – Leenane Development Association (€122)
5. Bundorragha River, Bundorragha, Whin Pool, Leenane, Co.Galway; Finlough Weed Control, Delphi Leenane, Co.Galway – Angling Access Delphi Fishery – Delphi Fishery Ltd (€1,614)
6. Clare River south bank from Claregalway village in the townland of Lakeview to the most easterly point of the townland of Lydacan – Clare River angler access from Claregalway to Gortatleva (Phase 1) – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€7,888)
7. Dawros River, Kylemore, Letterfrack, Connemara, Co. Galway – Kylemore Abbey Angling Access Programme – Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Ltd (€19,881)
8. Annaghdown, Co Galway; Ballindiff, Co Galway; Commercial boat club, Galway City; Collinamuuck Co Galway; Cornamona, Co Galway; Cong, Co Mayo; Oughterard, Co Galway; Moycullen, Co Galway; Headford, Co Galway; Kilbeg, Co Galway; Cross, Co Mayo – Fisheries enhancement and angling access project – Lough Corrib Angling Trout Federation (€3,517)
9. Abbert River, Monivea – Tiquin Area – Abbert River Spawning & Habitat Regeneration – Cairde Na Chlair (€56,685)
10. Possible filming locations are as follows: Spring time roach fishing – River Shannon, Portumna, Co. Galway; Bream fishing in Ireland – Timplehouse lake, Ballymote, Co. Sligo ; Hybrids fishing on the feeder – Garadice lake, Co. Leitrim ; Pole fishing in Ireland – River Inny or River Shannon;
Canal Fishing in Ireland, Grand Canal – Promotional Angling Videos – Cathal Hughes Angling (€1,875)
11. Baurisheen, Oughterard, Co Galway – Purchase of boats to improve angler access – Kevin Molloy Boat Hire (€4,375)
12. Kilroe (Cahermorris ) River, Kilroe, Annaghdown, Co Galway – Fencing & in-stream development – Annaghdown Angling Club (€3,026)
13. Bunownen River, Glencroff area and Leenane – West of Leenane Invasive Species Survey and Management Plan – Forum Connemara CLG (€1,837)
14. Carrick Shore, Clonbur, Co Galway – Angling boats to improve angler access – Hugh O’Donnell (€4,060)
15. River Bunowen, County Galway – Rock ramp on River Bunowen, Ahascragh – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€120,000)
16. Lough Corrib, Glann, Oughterard, Co Galway – Angling boats to improve angler access – Lough Corrib Boats (€7,500)
17. Glencorbet, Kylemore, Co Galway – Kylemore Riverbank and spawning bed restoration project – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€10,238)
18. Bealanabrack River, Kilmilken, Maam, County Galway – Riparian management, Bealanabrack – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€4,400)