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Funding boost for angling facilities

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten TD, has announced that two angling development projects in Roscommon have been awarded funding to improve angling access.

  A total of 50 angling development projects across the country will receive support from Inland Fisheries Ireland to the value of €500,000 as part of its Capital Works Fund.

  In Roscommon, the following projects were selected to receive funding: Castlecoote Village, Co. Roscommon – Stoneham’s (Linn Ban) Lake Angling Access Infrastructure Development (€28,148) by Suck Valley Development Co-Operative Society Ltd. This project will see the redevelopment of old angling infrastructure to include 30 metres of additional angling platform with a view to attracting match angling to the area. The decking will be complete with non-slip boards and a low railing.

  Emlaghroyan, Co. Roscommon – Corcoran’s Access Path to Angling Pegs (€7,945) by Suck Valley Development Co-Operative Society Ltd. A path will be provided to allow access by foot to new fishing pegs, which have been installed in the area.

  Senator Maura Hopkins said that it is very positive that County Roscommon has been successful in securing €36,093 for angling development projects. 

 Senator Hopkins said: “Already this year €89,230 was given to the wheelchair angling project along the Suck Valley Way under the Rural Recreation Project Scheme.

  “It is very evident that communities along with River Suck are completing a significant amount of work to develop its potential.”

  Cllr. Orla Leyden also welcomed the funding. Cllr. Leyden, who submitted applications on behalf of the Suck Valley Development Co-operatives Society Ltd with the Suck Valley Angling Hub and other stakeholders including Cuisle Respite Centre (IWA), Castlecoote Tidy Towns and Kilbegnet Development Association, said that this is a major boost for angling on the River Suck.

  Cllr. Leyden thanked Bill Cassidy, Chairperson of the Suck Valley Angling Hub for his work on the project at ‘Corcoran’s’. 

  Cllr. Leyden said: “When this IFI funded angling infrastructure is completed in early 2017 at Stoneham’s Lake and ‘Corcoran’s’ it will compliment the 31 accessible bays at Ballinapark, Donamon and provide excellent rotation of daily sections for festivals in the Suck Valley and greatly enhance angling infrastructure along by the River Suck.”