World Angling winner backs Roscommon fishing festival

€3,000 in prize-money for event on June bank holiday!

A World Angling Champion has put his full weight behind one of County Roscommon’s most prestigious angling events and encouraged people from all over Ireland and Europe to attend this year’s International Coarse Fishing competition on the banks of the Shannon and on the Strokestown lakes.

  Cathal Hughes from Galway was one half of the winning duo in the World Pairs Angling Championship on two occasions. He was on hand this week to launch the competition, which will be sponsored for the next two years by Bórd na Móna with €3,000 prize-money (each year) and takes place on June 4th, 5th and 6th.

  “We are going with a three-day festival this year so we can involve three local venues” said festival director, Philip Gordon, “this includes the hot stretch at Lanesboro, a popular river venue north of that at Kilnacarrow Bridge and a great lake venue, Clonahee at Strokestown. The competition will carry €3,000 prize-money (£2,400 Sterling) as last year, and again we are containing it to 42 pegs. There will be cash prize for every section fished every day. The cost is €25 for the three days and it’s on a first come first served basis at the moment. There are now less than 10 pegs left.”

  The competition has already attracted the biggest and the best from the angling world in the UK. By bringing communities together through a community tourism initiative for the diaspora, this event is supported in partnership with Roscommon County Council, Fáilte Ireland and IPB Insurance. To take part contact Philip Gordon directly at 087-7698468 or email: loughreeanglinghub@gmail.com.