Inland Fisheries Ireland awarded funding for project at Newcastle, Tipperary

Investment in rural angling communities crucial to sector which attracts 273,000 domestic anglers and 163,000 overseas visitors who fished in 2015


 Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has secured funding of €12,000 to carry out restoration works along a tributary of the River Suir at Newcastle, Co. Tipperary in partnership with Newcastle Pastoral Centre, Newcastle Tidy Towns and Newcastle Muinter na Tire. The investment will see restoration of a stone wall which is adjacent to the river walkway in the town. The funding was awarded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs as part of the Government’s programme to support rural development.

The focus of the project is a stone wall which acts as the boundary between the River Suir and the Church Graveyard. The development work will see the wall, which is currently in poor structural condition, underpinned and given a new concrete foundation.  By securing the foundations of the wall, it will prevent any potential collapse and in turn protect the heritage of the church and area, avoid flooding and increase the local amenity value by maintaining the picturesque riverside walk.

The funding for the development project in Newcastle is one of eight projects for which Inland Fisheries Ireland received funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs. In total, €536,886 was awarded to develop key angling projects in rural areas. The investment will see development of new recreational facilities and the maintenance of existing angling infrastructure across eight significant projects. Inland Fisheries Ireland collaborated with county councils, chambers of commerce and other local community organisations in the development of these projects to proposal stage and will now continue to work closely with them through the implementation of the initiatives.

The package will see projects delivered in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Cloone, Co. Leitrim, Claremorris, Co. Mayo, Newscastle, Co. Tipperary, Carrick-On-Shannon and Donamon, Co. Roscommon, Kilconnell, Co. Galway, Ballinalee, Co. Longford and Gweebara, Co. Donegal. It will invest in projects such as river bank restoration, a fishery recreation hub, access for coarse angling and fishing points (fishing stands, jetties, boat slips, car parking) which will allow for international match events and the upgrade of an existing disabled angling facility to include attractive, accessible lakeside and river bank walks.

The projects form part of the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD), the comprehensive national framework for the development of Ireland’s angling resource. The NSAD, developed by Inland Fisheries Ireland in consultation with stakeholders, will deliver a wide-ranging set of investments, innovations and promotions over the coming five years. This will ensure that our fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced for both their economic value and recreational benefit to the communities and visitors they serve across Ireland.

Inland Fisheries Ireland says the investment in rural angling is crucial in order to realise the benefits which can accrue from the natural fisheries resource. In 2015, Ireland attracted 163,000 overseas visitors who fished with a further 273,000 domestic anglers in the country. The sector contributes €836 million to the Irish economy and supports over 11,000 jobs, often in rural and peripheral communities. Effective and sustainable implementation of the NSAD will ensure stability of existing jobs and businesses reliant on angling, and the creation of new jobs as the economic impact of angling grows.

Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “Inland Fisheries Ireland is delighted to secure this funding for the development of this project in Tipperary which along with the other seven initiatives will play an important role in creating a world class fisheries resource which will have significant benefits for rural communities. The fisheries resource in Ireland is extensive and investment is vital to ensure its ongoing protection, conservation and development.

I would like to thank the communities involved for their commitment to the proposed projects to date. We look forward to working closely with these communities and local representative groups as we grow their unique angling offering.”

Inland Fishers Ireland has been awarded funding for the following projects:

Project and Location Project Description Amount Approved
Improved access on Sli na Finne


Gweebarra River, Doochary, Co.Donegal.


Extension of designated wheelchair accessible path for anglers and trail walkers along the Gweebarra river/ valley. €31,450.00
Facilitate angling on Bothar na Naomh Heritage & Nature Trail


Annaghmaconway Lough, Cloone, Co. Leitrim

Extension of existing nature trail to facilitate access for coarse angling and kayaking along with a number of fishing points plus extension of current walking trail. €113,659.59
Maintenance of Angling Facilities at ‘The Meadows’


Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Improve existing infrastructure in place to support river bank angling for major international match events. €73,000.00
Accessible Angling at Suck Valley Way


West Roscommon and East Galway adjacent to Donamon and Kilconnell.

Provide a new match angling stretch to provide a further space for international competitions close to the current wheelchair facility. €89,230.00
Development at Lough Nanannagh


Knock Road, Claremorris, Co. Mayo

To develop Lough Nanannagh as a Stocked Trout Fishery aimed at providing an ideal location for young people and novice anglers to try the pursuit. A recreation hub will be included incorporating an accessible walk around the lake and upgrade of building to include canteen and toilet facilities. €85,346.90
Improve access at Curry Grange Lake


Edgeworthstown Road, Ballinalee, Co. Longford

Provision of a boat jetty to improve access and provision of fencing to allow access to the lakeshore for anglers while also protecting the land and livestock. €29,100.00
Upgrade of facilities at The Mudflats


Elphin Road, Carrick On Shannon, Co. Roscommon.

Upgrade of existing mudflats angling location to include provision of floating fish stands for angling, upgrade of facilities including toilets, roadway, carpark areas, signage and fencing. €103,100.00
River Bank restoration to a tributary of the Suir


River/Graveyard Wall at Newcastle. Co. Tipperary

Restoration of a stone wall that is adjacent to a loop walk along a tributary of the River Suir and is currently in danger of collapse into the river €12,000.00


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