Further to a meeting in Rome this November the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland has been  awarded the honour of hosting the FIPS-ed World Youth Championships in 2017.  The event attended by youths worldwide is expected to attract in excess of 40 teams, supporting staff and families to Ireland, the chosen venue being the Inniscarra Reservoir centred around the village of Coachford in Co. Cork.


Der Casey, NCFFI Chairman says:- “We are delighted that our bid to host the Youth World Championships has been accepted from the Fédéracion International de la Pêche Sportive.  Hosting this event in Ireland will help to share with our juniors the sport of angling and showcase our investment in the development of our sport and recreation. It will be the largest World Championship angling event to be staged in Ireland and a proud reflection of the professional ability of our volunteering members & associates.


The championships to be staged on the Coachford Greenway, a 2.8km linear park in the form of a walkway providing access for anglers to the Inniscarra Reservoir, to be held in July 2017, are still subject to a technical inspection of the venue which will be further developed to support the event. With over 400 expected to attend the event will provide an estimated boost of nearly €2million to the region.


Tommy Lawton, speaking on behalf of Inniscarra Tourism Development Co. Ltd commented:- “A legacy of the World Feeder Fishing Championships of 2014 and coarse angling in the Cork area, this will be a true success story for the development of the Coachford Greenway and justified reward for the local community. We look forward to showcasing our angling facility to juniors worldwide.


The announcement comes with an amendment to the age categories for the competing teams a change from the 2017 championships which will see the groups extended to allow youths up to the age of 25 to compete.


Jack Tisdall, Ireland’s International Youth Team Manager says:- “To host this prestigious event on home territory is fantastic news for Ireland’s angling youths who have been representing us overseas for many years.  We welcome the extended age categories of Under 15, Under 20 and Under 25 which provides more opportunity for those anglers not yet ready for senior teams.


On delivery of the news the sponsors & partners met on the Greenway on a wet and wild winters’ day.

Partners on the Greenway
Partners on the Greenway

L-R  Frank Barry – ESB, Steven Cox – Cork Convention Bureau, Tommy Lawton & Eileen Martin of Inniscarra Tourism Development Co. Ltd, Frances Kinsella – Event Ireland and Der Casey, NCFFI Chairman.



The Coachford Greenway is the product of a two year long project to develop a multi purpose amenity  by Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Limited in association with the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and in Partnership with the ESB, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Cork County Council. The project was funded by a grant from Avondhu Blackwater Partnership, along with Cork County Council,  Inland Fisheries Ireland,  the Co-op Fund and the National Countryside Recreation Strategy as well as fundraisers from the local community in Coachford and the surrounding area and is now enjoyed by walkers, rowers & anglers.

In July 2014 The National Coarse fishing Federation of Ireland hosted the 4th World Feeder Fishing Championships on the venue welcoming senior teams from 25 different nations onto the Coachford Greenway.  The event was an overwhelming success bringing much welcomed revenue during the championships which showcased the magnificent facility to anglers Worldwide.

For more information please contact:

Eoin Schweppe, NCFFI PRO

Tel: 00353 86 1043040

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.ncffi.ie