Local bid to host world angling competition

Danial Murphy, Eanna Rowe (Regional Fisheries Manager), Hugh Kane (Angling Chairman), and Michael McKiernan pictured during the removal of Asian clams in Lanesboro. Photo: Declan Gilmore
Lanesboro/Ballyleague is in the running to hold the World Championship Angling Predator Boat 2016, the Leader has learned.

Lanesboro/Ballyleague is in the running to hold the World Championship Angling Predator Boat 2016, the Leader has learned.

The news emerged on Monday just days after the area held an international coarse fishing event which proved hugely successful earlier this month.

The banks of the River Shannon were packed with fishermen, many of whom travelled from the UK and further afield to participate.

If successful in the bidding, the area could receive a financial boost to the tune of €250,000.

However, there is much to organise before that happens and one of the major areas for determination in the bid is accommodation.

Hugh Keane, Chairperson of the Lough Ree Angling Hub, explained that fishermen and women from at least 22 countries would be in attendance at the event in October 2016, and each international team would be made up of approximately 14 people.

“This means that approximately 300 people will require accommodation locally for five days - which is the duration of the world championship event,” said Mr Keane, before adding that the knock -on effect for those providing B&B, food and drink in local pubs, restaurants and the hospitality sector, would be huge.

“The local Lough Ree Angling Hub would like to now appeal to all local property owners who wish to provide self catering or B&B accommodation to come forward to us before Friday, June 12 next at 6pm with an e mail that should contain some photos of their house and facilities.

“ To register your accommodation, please contact Hub Members Gerald Farrell, Alan Farrell , Joe Cribbin, Alan Horohoe, Hugh Keane, Philip Gordon, or Ciaran Mullooly urgently.”

Boat hire will also be a factor and plans for a gala event to end the competition are also in place.

“We would be grateful if local community groups and businesses could get in touch before Friday June 12 by sending details toloughreeanglinghub@gmail.com,” Mr Keane concluded.

Meanwhile, Éanna Rowe has recently been appointed Regional Manager for the West with Waterways Ireland, to lead a multi-disciplinary team in the management, maintenance, and development of the Shannon Navigation.

Reporting to the Chief Executive and a member of the Senior Management Team, Mr Rowe is also a Director of Leave No Trace Ireland, a member of the National Trails Advisory Committee, and Chair of the Lakelands initiative.

Previously Head of Marketing and Communications with Waterways Ireland, he was responsible for the formulation, developmen,t and implementation of the various strategies, policies and programmes from a Marketing, Research, Communications, Product Development and Visitor Services perspective. Mr Rowe previously worked in a number of roles and grades within the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

A graduate of the Institute of Public Administration and of Athlone Institute of Technology, he holds a Degree in Public Management and a first class honours MBA.