27 Jun 2022

Longford's angling prowess showcased in UK

Angling workshop

Aaran Carr from the Camlin and District Angling club with Philip Gordon of the Lough Ree Angling hub pictured on the hub's standing at the Northern Angling show in Manchester last weekend.

Two of the county's most prolific anglers were part of the Irish tourism team who went to the Northern Angling Show in Manchester last weekend to promote Longford angling to over 20,000 UK anglers.

Aaran Carr from the Camlin Angling Club has taken part in multiple pike-fishing competitions and led a team of four people who met up with the UK anglers at the show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and distributed over 4,000 new colour brochures on what the county has to offer to the visiting angler.

This promotion was organised by the Lough Ree Angling Hub with the support of Longford Tourism officer, Dympna Reilly, the Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy project and Fáilte Ireland's Development officer Sarah McCarthy who is working with the hub to promote the angling paradise within the new Ireland's Hidden Heartlands Region.

"We got a tremendous reaction from the UK anglers," Philip Gordon, secretary of the Angling Hub said.

“This show was one of the top shows in the world for anglers and we invited hundreds of fishermen and women to come to Longford and the Hidden Heartlands region to see what we have to offer."

Aaran Carr said there was a fantastic response to the new colour brochure the hub produced and the Hidden Heartlands imagery.

"We produced a special slide show and video which was also shown on the stand," Aaran said.

"And we are now confident we will see dozens of these anglers coming over to us in the coming years."

Support for attending the show came from Fáilte Ireland, Longford County Council and the Upper Shannon Erne Future Economy Project.

This is a partnership project between four local authorities, (Leitrim, Roscommon, Longford and Cavan) ESB, as well as Bord na Móna and has a number of working groups including tourism. In recent years, the working group has focused on promoting the angling offering of the region.

In March, the Lough Ree Angling Hub will be teaming up again with the tourism authorities to attend another major show in Farnborough UK, where coarse fishing will be the theme.

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