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Minister Naughten launches new angling developments in Roscommon and Leitrim

December 1st, 2017 | by


Mr Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, has today officially launched two new angling developments by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) at Emlaghroyan, Roscommon, and ‘The Mudflats’, Carrick-On-Shannon, County Leitrim.

In Roscommon, at Emlaghroyan (River Suck), a new match angling stretch has been provided, with upgraded car parks, parking bays and provides drive-to-peg facilities. This development involved upgrading existing roadways and the construction of new access roadway.

Ten new match angling pegs have been provided, with a capacity for further extension.

The Suck Valley Angling Hub were recently granted additional funds through the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD) to extend the match venue to further promote tourism angling and facilitate match competitions in the Roscommon/East Galway area.

Following recently unveiled developments on the River Suck, at Lough Acalla, together with these works at Emlaghroyan, the total development in the River Suck project was €87,000.

Photo: Minister Naughten launches the developments at ‘The Mudflats’ in Carrick-on-Shannon with Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland, and local landowners, politicians and IFI team members


In Leitrim, another major 2017 development project has been completed, with an investment of €103,000, providing new roadways, car parks, upgraded toilet facilities, upgraded slipway and a floating angling stand at ‘The Mudflats’ on the main River Shannon at Carrick-On-Shannon.

This is another important match angling venue, used widely for international match angling events such as the World Pairs and the Carrick Angling Festival.

Speaking in Carrick-On-Shannon after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Minister Naughten said: “I am delighted to mark the official opening of these developments today. Both were completed under the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD) and greatly enhance the angling infrastructure in both counties. They will provide a boost to angling tourism potential in the region, which in turn should increase visitor numbers. Furthermore, these projects would not be possible without the cooperation, agreement and vision of the respective landowners and I would like to thank all those involved for their contribution to these developments.”

Photo: Minister Naughten, Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland, and members of the IFI team at the unveiling of the new developments today


A number of further applications from the region are currently going through the NSAD assessment process. These are looking to further enhance the angling infrastructure in the upper Shannon areas and to promote participation in angling.


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