Over €81,000 has been allocated for projects to develop and enhance angling at six locations across Galway and three locations in Mayo. The projects are part of a €500,000 national Capital Works Fund operated by Inland Fisheries Ireland.
I am delighted with this investment in Galway and Mayo by Inland Fisheries Ireland which is an agency under my remit as Minister for Natural Resources.
The projects focus on improvement of angling access and infrastructure at a number of locations in Galway including Oughterard, Claregalway, Cregmore, Headford, Clifden and Corr na Mona as well as Foxford and Bohola in Mayo.
The projects, which will be delivered early in the New Year, including road resurfacing works, installation or improvement of car parking facilities and slipways as well as the provision of facilities to assist anglers who have a disability.
Inland Fisheries Ireland is the State agency tasked with conserving, protecting, managing and advising on inland fisheries including sea angling. I’m encouraged by the progress the agency is making with the ‘National Strategy for Angling Development’. Angling is an important part of recreation and tourism in Galway and Mayo is worth an estimated €836 million to the economy and is particularly important for rural communities.
This round of funding under the Capital Works Fund will benefit locals and visitors alike while also helping to grow the socio-economic benefits that angling brings to our local communities. Following an increased allocation for Inland Fisheries Ireland in Budget 2017 there will a further round of the Capital Works Fund next year.
- Clare River, Co. Galway – Clare River Angling Access Developments (€14,720) by Sean Nestor Cairde na Chlair. The project will include the construction of stiles and information signs on the Clare River to improve access to angling and provide relevant information to local and visiting anglers.
- Greenfield, Headford, Co. Galway – Greenfield, Headford Access (€7,533) by Headford and Corrib Angling Club. The club plans to upgrade the existing car park, provide timber fencing at the site and install a biosecurity station to enable the secure movement of oats and engines to avoid the spread of invasive species.
- Clare River, Cregmore, Co.Galway – Cregmore Galway River Clare Angling Access Improvements (€9,599) by Cregmore Athenry Anglers. The project will improve access to the fishery, especially for elderly anglers. This includes the supply and installation of stiles and upgrade to internal access road. Parking facilities will also be provided to ensure that angling parking does not block gates to fields which are important access points for farmers.
- Owenriff River, Oughterard, Co.Galway – Owenriff River Resurfacing of Road and Carpark Facility (€14,980) by Oughterard Anglers and Boatmen’s Association. The aim of this project is to provide better access to anglers to the Owenriff River and on to Loch Corrib. It will include resurfacing of the road and car park facility and improving access to the Boathouse area and slip. It is hoped this work will support efforts to encourage both youth and disabled anglers to use their facilities.
- Owenglin River, Clifden Glen, Co.Galway – Owenglin River Walkway Upgrade (€700) by Clifden Trout Anglers Association. This funding will support a project assessment for a potential future comprehensive project which would improve the quality and safety of the access walkway at Owenglin River.
- Corr Na Mona Pier Lough Corrib, Co.Galway – Lough Corrib Disabled Hoist (€4,500) by Corr na Mona and District Anglers. The project will provide the facilities to cater for disabled anglers by deliver a disabled hoist at Lough Corrib.
- Curragh Car Park, near Foxford, Co. Mayo – River Moy Curragh Car Park Upgrade (€15,516) by Knockmore Salmon Anglers
- River Moy, Bohola /Straide , Co. Mayo – River Moy Angling Access (€4,269) by East Mayo Anglers Association
- River Moy, Foxford, Co. Mayo – Accessible Angling on River Moy (€10,000) by East Mayo Anglers Association