It was a cold Monday morning to view ongoing development works at the Grange River, but that didn’t stop Sean Kyne TD, Minister with responsibility for the Inland Fisheries Sector, welcoming the award of funding, to the value of €2.2m, by Inland Fisheries Ireland to 115 angling development and conservation initiatives as part of its National Strategy for Angling Development, Salmon Conservation Fund and Midlands Fisheries Fund.

The projects, which focus on improving Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resource, will begin delivery in 2018. In total, applications for over 140 projects were received bringing the overall value of projects applying for funding to above €2.9million.

Minister Kyne said: “I would like to congratulate the applicants who have been awarded this funding. The projects receiving funding are located in 24 counties across the country. They include fisheries habitat conservation projects as well as the provision of infrastructure and equipment to allow for improved access to angling. Education/youth initiatives and projects aimed at attracting increased numbers of tourist anglers also attracted funding”. I recently announced the forthcoming addition, in early 2018, of ‘Fisheries Projects Animators’ for Inland Fisheries Ireland and that initiative will support the implementation of these projects in assisting community organisations nationwide in realising these ambitious angling projects and conservation initiatives over the coming year,” he added

Photo: Minister Kyne on the banks of the Grange River with local landowner, Pat Ward, this morning

The 2017 Funding Call was first announced in August 2017 with local groups and individuals including local development associations, tidy towns, angling clubs, local authorities and others invited to apply for funding, with 115 angling development projects being awarded funding to the value of €2.2m.

The scheme is part of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s National Strategy for Angling Development. The Strategy aims to ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced with a view to ensuring a sustainable habitat and delivering the economic, health and recreational benefits they offer to communities across Ireland.

Inland Fisheries Ireland is aiming to grow the angling sector’s socio-economic contribution of €836 million per year by an additional €60 million annually through the Strategy. This will be achieved by driving angling participation among domestic and overseas visitors, which in turn is supported by improving access to fishing and developing angling infrastructure.

Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “The 2017 Funding Call has been inundated with strong project applications and we are delighted to announce the 115 projects which have secured support, following a detailed review process. The first Funding Call was in 2016, but the demand for improvements in angling access and development continues apace. The latest funding call was oversubscribed confirming that rural communities across Ireland are engaged with angling and recognise the value of the fisheries resource to their local area.

“Inland Fisheries Ireland has worked closely with angling clubs, individuals, community groups and chambers of commerce to inform them about the Fund and the overall National Strategy for Angling Development. We hope to empower these stakeholders to improve access to angling in their areas and as a result deliver long term recreational and economic benefit to their communities.”

Photo: Minister Kyne (back, centre) with members of the Inland Fisheries Ireland team at the Grange River this morning

A key element of the National Strategy for Angling Development is to build capability and improve governance across the sector, appointing the aforementioned project animators is a significant step in realising this goal and also addresses the issues and challenges raised  by stakeholders at the nationwide funding roadshows earlier this year.

For more information on Inland Fisheries Ireland’s Funding Call 2017 and the projects receiving funding in this funding call, visit

The projects receiving funding under the 2017 Funding Call are:


  • River Barrow, shore side, Woodford Dolmen Hotel Grounds, Killkenny road, Carlow – Jetty situated on the bank of the River Barrow – Woodford Dolmen Hotel (€5,802)


  • Brackley Lake, Co. Cavan – Footway to improve access to angling along Prospect Shore at Brackley Lake – Cavan County Council (€31,444)
  • Killnahard, Ballyheelan, Killnaleck Co. Cavan – Improve boat slip and car park for angling access at Killnahard Bay – Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association (€24,850)
  • Templeport Lake, Kildoagh, Templeport, Bawnboy, Co. Cavan – Templeport Lake Fishing Stand – Templeport Development Association (€2,000)


  • Fanore, North Co. Clare – Angling equipment for Juvenile Training and Coaching Programme – Lisdoonvarna Fanore Sea Angling Club (€6,875)
  • Derg Isle Adventure Centre, Carrowmore,- Angling equipment to develop youth angling – Ducey’s Personal Development Academy (€2,000)


  • River Blackwater (Munster), Mallow, Co Cork – Restoration and Enhancement of Angling Facilities catering for Game & Coarse Anglers in Mallow Town on River Blackwater (Munster) – Mallow Development Partnership (€89,157)
  • Deasy’s Stream, River Bandon, Bandon, Co. Cork – Deasy’s Stream Rehabilitation Project – Bandon Angling Association (€8,399)


  • Buncrana Co. Donegal – Feasibility study for habitat enhancement and angling access on the Crana River – Buncrana Anglers Association (€2,000)
  • Tully Dungloe, Co Donegal – Tully Boatshed, for angling boat repair and storage – Rosses Anglers Association (€21,492)
  • Gweebarra, Coolvoy, Doochary, Co. Donegal – Salmon fishing enhancement project – Gweebarra Fishing Club (€4,000)
  • Dunfanaghy, Sessiagh and Purt Lakes – Replacement lake boats to improve angling access – Dunfanaghy Angling Association (€6,575)
  • Lough Keel, Skerry, Kilmacrennan, Co.Donegal – Angling boats to improve access to angling – The Letterkenny & District Anglers Association (€5,684)
  • Loughanure, Anangry, Co. Donegal – Wheel Chair/Less-Abled lake access – Loughanure Anglers (€11,269)
  • Bunagee Pier, Culdaff, Co. Donegal – Junior Sea Angling Taster Sessions – Culdaff Sea Angling Club (€4,275)
  • Owencarrow River, Glen Lough and Lough Natooey, Creeslough, Co. Donegal – Development Plan 2014-18 for Angling, Tourism and Conservation on the Creeslough Fisheries – Creeslough & District Angling Association (€223,750)
  • Ray River, Carrowcanon, Falcaragh, Co. Donegal – Ray River habitat rehabilitation project – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€27,000)
  • County Donegal – Marketing & Promotion of Game & Sea Angling in Donegal by the Donegal Angling Tourism Alliance (DATA) – Creeslough & District Angling Association (€24,638)
  • Crolly River, Gweedore, Co. Donegal – Crolly River Habitat Restoration and Improvement – Crolly Angling Association (€5,760)


  • Royal Canal & Grand Canal Dublin – Expansion of summer youth angling programme – Finglas Youth Resource Centre (€5,988)
  • Straffan to Celbridge Fishery, Co Kildare – Feasibility report on the Straffan to Celbridge Fishery – Dublin Trout Anglers’ Association (€2,000)
  • Dublin – Marketing and promotional events to grow angling club membership – Dublin Trout Anglers Association (€1,300)
  • Altnabrocky River, Bellacorrick, Co. Mayo – Protection of further spawning areas & bank reinforcement – R Hewat (GlenAlt Syndicate) (€15,000)
  • Louth, Dublin, Wicklow, Meath, Kildare – Dublin Angling Initiative – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€70,062)


  • Calla, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe – Disabillity carpark and access point and new permanent fishing stand – Kilconnell Community Development Association Ltd (€6,810)
  • Owenglin River, Couravoughill,Clifden. Co Galway – Improvement of Owenglin river access walkway – Clifden Trout Anglers Association (€19,530)
  • Tuam, Co Galway – Angling equipment to develop youth angling – Outdoor Ranger Ltd (€2,000)
  • Leenane public carpark, Co. Galway – Fisheries species, habitat and angling information signage – Leenane Development Association (€122)
  • Bundorragha River, Bundorragha, Whin Pool, Leenane, Co.Galway; Finlough Weed Control, Delphi Leenane, Co.Galway – Angling Access Delphi Fishery – Delphi Fishery Ltd (€1,614)
  • Clare River south bank from Claregalway village in the townland of Lakeview to the most easterly point of the townland of Lydacan – Clare River angler access from Claregalway to Gortatleva (Phase 1) – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€7,888)
  • Dawros River, Kylemore, Letterfrack, Connemara, Co. Galway – Kylemore Abbey Angling Access Programme – Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Ltd (€19,881)
  • Annaghdown, Co Galway; Ballindiff, Co Galway; Commercial boat club, Galway City; Collinamuuck Co Galway; Cornamona, Co Galway; Cong, Co Mayo; Oughterard, Co Galway; Moycullen, Co Galway; Headford, Co Galway; Kilbeg, Co Galway; Cross, Co Mayo – Fisheries enhancement and angling access project – Lough Corrib Angling Trout Federation (€3,517)
  • Abbert River, Monivea – Tiquin Area – Abbert River Spawning & Habitat Regeneration – Cairde Na Chlair (€56,685)
  • Possible filming locations are as follows: Spring time roach fishing – River Shannon, Portumna, Co. Galway; Bream fishing in Ireland – Timplehouse lake, Ballymote, Co. Sligo ; Hybrids fishing on the feeder – Garadice lake, Co. Leitrim; Pole fishing in Ireland – River Inny or River Shannon; Canal Fishing in Ireland, Grand Canal – Promotional Angling Videos – Cathal Hughes Angling (€1,875)
  • Baurisheen, Oughterard, Co Galway – Purchase of boats to improve angler access – Kevin Molloy Boat Hire (€4,375)
  • Kilroe (Cahermorris ) River, Kilroe, Annaghdown, Co Galway – Fencing & in-stream development – Annaghdown Angling Club (€3,026)
  • Bunownen River, Glencroff area and Leenane – West of Leenane Invasive Species Survey and Management Plan – Forum Connemara CLG (€1,837)
  • Carrick Shore, Clonbur, Co Galway – Angling boats to improve angler access – Hugh O’Donnell (€4,000)
  • River Bunowen, County Galway – Rock ramp on River Bunowen, Ahascragh – Inland Fisheries Ireland   (€120,000)
  • Lough Corrib, Glann, Oughterard, Co Galway – Angling boats to improve angler access – Lough Corrib Boats (€7,500)
  • Glencorbet, Kylemore, Co Galway – Kylemore Riverbank and spawning bed restoration project – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€10,238)
  • Bealanabrack River, Kilmilken, Maam, County Galway – Riparian management, Bealanabrack – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€4,400)


  • Big River, Tralee, Tralee Town, Co Kerry – Big River Habitat Improvement Scheme – Kerry County Council (€12,335)
  • River Feale, Triereragh, Duagh, Listowel Co Kerry – Access road, car park and disabled angling stands and box type bridge and guard rails – Daniel O Donoghue (€22,000)
  • River Feale, Triereragh, Duagh. Co Kerry – Feasibility study, environmental impact study and document preparation into the improving access to angling for disabled persons – Daniel O Donoghue (€4,373)
  • Dungeel, Gortnascarry, Ballymalis and Beaufort Co. Kerry – Walkways Stiles and Bridges Roadways and Carpark Improvements – Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers’ Association (€2,033)
  • Various beaches and public bridges and piers, Co Kerry – Youth angling development project – Kerry Diocesan Youth Service (€7,470)
  • River Laune, Killorglin, Co Kerry – Angling equipment for pilot youth angling development programme – Caragh Bridge Angling Club (€1,012)



  • Kellyville Lake, Ballintubbert, Co Laois – Feasibility Study on water levels in Kellyville Lake in Laois by Kildare-based club – Athy & District Anglers Club (€6,300)


  • Co Leitrim – Angling Marketing Guide: Discover Angling in Leitrim – Leitrim Integrated Development Company CLG (€1,197)


  • River Loobagh, Kilmallick, Co Limerick – Invasive species identification and Management Program in the Ballyhoura Catchment area – Ballyhoura Development CLG (€667)


  • Lough Leebeen, Rathmore, Aughnacliffe, Co Longford – Provision of a public toilet for the use of anglers in Leebeen Park, Aughnacliffe – Leebeen Park Development Ltd (€9,072)
  • Lanesborough, Co. Longford – Equipment for youth angling initiative – St. Mel’s College Angling Club (€800)
  • Lakes in and surrounding areas of Longford – Small easy to manage boat for less able persons to access angling – Melview Lodge (€3,143)


  • River Dee. Cappogue, on Drumcar Weir, Co Louth – Dee Fish Counter Project 2017 – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€31,467)
  • River Boyne, Boyne Valley, Co.Louth – Boyne Valley Fishing Guides website enhancement – Boyne Valley Fishing Guides (€1,950)


  • River Erriff, townland of Glennacally, Co Mayo – Erriff bank protection/ Western Way walk 2017 – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€23,383)
  • River Moy at Tawnaghbeg, Straide, Foxford, Co. Mayo and four other locations – Tourist and Angler Information Maps – East Mayo Anglers Association (€5,763)
  • Lough Corrib, Cong, Co Mayo – Replacement of timber walkway and redevelopment of The Roach Pond, Cong – Cong and District Anglers Association (€7,380)
  • River Moy, Laghtmacdurkan & Ardhoom Tds, Meelick, Swinford Co. Mayo – Erecting/Replacement of stiles and footbridges along club waters of the River Moy – East Mayo Anglers Association (€4,059.08)
  • Erriff River, Letterass, Kilbride, Co Mayo – Development of angling access and walk way facilities at Aasleigh Falls – Mayo County Council (€12,500)
  • Cuilbaun, Tawnaghbeg, Straide, Foxford, Co. Mayo – Disabled Anglers Facility – East Mayo Anglers Association (€154,087)
  • Newport Quay and Clew Bay – Equipment for training novice sea anglers – Newport Sea Angling Club (€1,103)
  • Cushlough, Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo – Car park resurfacing and parking alignment & security fencing – Ballinrobe and District Anglers Association (€21,263)
  • Carrowniskey River, Carrowniskey, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo – Riverbank regeneration, Carrowniskey – Anthony Jordan (€529)
  • Louisburgh, County Mayo. – Carrownisky River Rehabilitation Project – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€9,080)
  • Owenmore River, Drummin East, County Mayo – Owenmore (Drummin East) Bank Rehabilitation Project – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€6,150)
  • Co Mayo – Fish Counter replacement – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€31,467)
  • Glenummera,, Teevnabinnia, Co Mayo – Bank reinstatement and rehabilitation of the Glenummera River, which is one of the main spawning tributaries of Delphi Fishery for wild salmon and sea trout – Delphi Fishery Ltd (€15,000)


  • Kells Blackwater, from Lough Ramor, Co. Cavan to Headford Bridge, Kells, Co Meath – Tourist/Visitor mapping and pamphlet design and production – Kells Anglers Association (€1,580)
  • River Boyne, Ballybatter, Balreask New and Balreask Old, Navan, Meath – Fisheries enhancement project – Navan Anglers (€7,740)
  • Trimblestown and Boycestown – Installation of fencing, drinkers, deflectors, top up gravel shoals, bank protection works etc – Trim Athboy Angling Association (€15,000)
  • River Deel, Grange Beg, Killucan, Westmeath – Deel habitat enhancement – Boyne Catchment Angling Association (€15,000)
  • Kells Blackwater, Carnaros, Co. Meath – Hartion’s Bridge – Instream habitat enhancement works – Kells Anglers Association (€15,000)
  • River Boyne, Athlumney, Navan, Meath – Spawning gravel – Navan Anglers (€4,920)


  • Lough Muckno (Fane Catchment) Concra, Castleblayney, Co Monaghan – Develop Angling Access at South Lodge, Lough Muckno – Monaghan Co Council (€111,369)
  • Anny Shore, Lough White, Anny, Co Monaghan Resurfacing of existing access road and carpark – Monaghan Co Council (€20,549)
  • Lisgillan, White Lake, Cremorne, Co Monaghan – Improvement of access road and carpark – Monaghan Co Council (€29,206)
  • South Shore, Lough Major, Ballybay, Co Monaghan – Improve access to the fishing stands – Monaghan Co Council (€1,706)
  • Knappagh Water, Lacken ,Cortubber. Co Monaghan – Upgrading and providing new fishing infrastructure – Bawn Area Community Group Limited (€15,270)
  • Blackwater (main channel) from Ballagh Bridge to Favour Royal – Feasibility study to develop access to southern bank of Northern Blackwater – River Blackwater Catchment Trust (€5,000)

Nationwide projects:

  • Louth, Dublin, Wicklow, Meath, Kildare – Dublin Angling Initiative angling equipment – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€8,057)
  • National Project – Atlas of Big Fish in Ireland – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€35,603)
  • National Project – Youth Angling Development – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€80,259)
  • National Project – Pop up pond – bring angling to the people – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€1,100)
  • National Project – Angling simulator for introduction to youth angling – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€2,000)


  • Tullamore River, Tullamore Town, Co Offaly – Feasibility study of the Tullamore River – Offaly County Council (€2,000)


  • Grange Lake, Strokestown, Co Roscommon – Angling equipment to develop tourism & access to Strokestown lakes – Grange Lodge (€4,467)
  • Shannon River, Lackan Td., Kilteevan, Co Roscommon – Portrunny Slipway, Lough Ree – Roscommon County Council (€50,000)
  • Frances River, (Suck catchment), Castlerea, Co Roscommon – Fisheries enhancement on the Frances River, Castlrea – Castlerea Town Trust (€24,601)
  • Bealnamullia, Cuilleen & Ardgawna townlands, Monksland, Athlone, Co Roscommon – Cross River Walkway – Roscommon County Council (€50,000)
  • River Shannon – Quayside wall, Ballyleague, Co Roscommon , Co Longford & various locations at Lough Ree – Feasibility study for a new angling centre, boat and tourism facility – Lough Ree Angling Hub (€935)
  • Cavetown Croghan, Boyle, Co. Roscommon – Cavetown Angling Renewal/Development: Reinstate fishing stands, erection of foot stileriparian zone improvement, fish passage improvement, spawning enhancement and provision of in stream structures – Cavetown Residents Developments Company (€98,144)
  • Portrunny, Fearragh, Ballymurray, Co Roscommon – Portrunny Aquatic Biodiversity Sign – Portrun Development Association CLG (€1,728)


  • Bellanascarrow Lake, Lavally, Ballymote, Co. Sligo – Upgrade of access for mobility impaired anglers and enhancement to existing angling facilities – Ballymote & District Angling Club (€17,374)
  • Western end Lough Gill at Aughamore Far Co.Sligo – Replacement jetty structure Aghamore Far- Lough.Gill – Sligo Anglers Association (€15,456)
  • The falls and ladders Ballisodare fishery, Ballisodare, Co Sligo – Part funding of fisheries angling access development project – ballisodare fishing club ltd (€20,000)
  • River Easkey, Dromore West, Co Sligo – Habitat enhancement and angler access improvement – River Easkey Angling Club (€13,500)
  • Duff River, Bunduff, Co. Sligo – Duff River Angling Access Path – Sligo County Council (€40,312)
  • Lough Gill, Hazelwood Demesne Td, Calry, Co Sligo – Restoration of breakwater, silt removal of semi enclosed area and boat slip clearance. – Inland Fisheries Ireland (€6,089)
  • Garavogue River, Cleveragh Demesne, Sligo – Assessment of the potential environmental impact for the installation of four accessible angling stands on Garavogue River – Sligo County Council (€2,000)


  • River Anner, Co Tipperary – River enhancement and restoration programme on River Anner – Clonmel Tourism CE (€32,000)
  • Glengoole, Thurles, Co Tipperary – Lough Doire Bhile, Tree planting to improve shelter for anglers in open area – Sliabh Ardagh Rural Development CLG (€6,797)


  • Knockaderry Reservoir, Kilmeaden, Co Waterford – Replacement of angling boats – Waterford City and County Trout Anglers Association (€9,850)
  • River Blackwater, Salterbridge, Cappoquin, Co Waterford – Repair and improve access to stream deflector – Cappoquin Salmon and Trout Anglers Association (€27,236)


  • Tudenham Stream, Rochfort Demense, Mullingar, Westmeath – Tudenham Stream enhancement – Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association (€10,509)
  • Kilpatrick, Hopestown, Mullingar, County Westmeath – Kilpatrick Stream enhancement – Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association (€13,939)
  • Mid Shannon and nearby lakes and waterways – Angling marketing material for – Westmeath County Council (€2,000)
  • Tullaghan, Lough Owel, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath – Jeep & trailer parking to increase angling access at Tullaghan, Lough Owel, Mullingar – Westmeath County Council (€24,372)
  • Lough Derravagh, Dunore Shore, Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath – Boat slip improvement and jetty – Lough Derravargh Angling Club (€39,800)


  • River Vartry, Ashford – River Vartry rehabilitation: Tree pruning and invasive species removal – River Vartry Protection Society (€13,025)
  • Arklow Harbour – Sea angling access ladders upgrade in Arklow Harbour – Wicklow County Council (€10,267)
  • County Wicklow – Angling equipment to assist local community groups in providing their students and clients with access to supervised angling activities – Fishing Futures c/o Wicklow Travellers Group (€1,630)
  • Wicklow Harbour – Sea angling access ladders upgrade in Wicklow Harbour – Wicklow County Council (€10,267)
  • Bray Harbour – Sea angling access ladders upgrade in Bray Harbour – Wicklow County Council (€10,267)