Shane Dunne of Connaught Match Group reports on the Connaught Match Group October festival…

Following on from the successful May Bank Holiday weekend festival last weekend October 15th and 16th saw a 2 day festival held on the River Suck at Donamon.

With recent rainfall it meant the River level was high and rising water levels during both competition days meant it would make the fishing difficult.

Competition HQ for the weekend was Castlecoote Lodge where Mary Leyden was a terrific host once again.

On day 1 Cavan angler Tommy Dowd won the day with a catch of 4.825kg of roach followed closely by Aaron Hutchman(Belfast) on 4.675kg and Shane Dunne (Mayo, formerly Roscommon town) on 4.525kg.

Day 2 saw the water levels rise further which reflected on the anglers catches unfortunately but Shane Dunne prevailing to win day 2 and win the 2 day festival with an overall weight of 7.150kg followed in 2nd place by Aaron Hutchman 6.575kg and in 3rd place Tommy Dowd 6.425kg.

Section winners over the weekend included

Day 1

A section
  • Dara finnegan (Castlerea)
  • Jamie Murray (Drogheda)
B section
  • Tommy Dowd (Virginia)
  • Aaron Hutchman (Belfast)

Day 2

A section
  • Shane Dunne (Claremorris)
  • Ian Kelsey (Clare)

B section

  • Jamie Murray (Drogheda)
  • Ronald Durkin (celbridge)

Thanks to all who attended from near and far in such harsh conditions over the weekend with some anglers staying locally in Castlecoote.

Thank you to Mary Leyden who hosted us in Castlecoote Lodge and had refreshments for anglers returning on Sunday evening for the presentation.

Thanks to Inland fisheries Ireland for the recent work they have carried out on the section of Donamon where they have upgraded a number of fishing stands.

Go fishing…

Ballygar Coarse Angling Centre