West Yorkshire angler Andy Burnett landed the top prize of €1,000 in the second annual Lough Ree International Coarse Angling Festival held over the bank holiday weekend.
Andy, who is a big fan of the hot water stretch in Lanesboro and netted a catch of 33kg of fish over the three days, heaped praise on the festival organisers.
A the presentation of prizes in the Yacht Bar, Lanesboro, on Monday evening, he said the Lough Ree Angling Hub committee had put ‘Lanesboro firmly back on the worldwide fishing map’.
Sponsored by Bord na Móna, the second annual festival, staged at sun-kissed venues along the Shannon at Lanesboro and Clonahee Lake, was officially opened on Saturday by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (with responsibility for Inland Fisheries) Mr Denis Naughten TD and the newly crowned Longford Rose of Tralee, Caroline Doyle.
Minister Naughten described the angling venues as stunning.
Chairman of the Lough Ree Angling Hub, Hugh Keane remarked, "We are delighted with the response from anglers all over the UK and Ireland. The anglers stayed here, dined here and celebrated in Lanesboro over the weekend. We are most certainly on the way back!"
Festival Director Philip Gordon said the event could not take place without the support of Inland Fisheries Ireland staff.
See Pages 64 & 66 for more photos from the festival.