DELAYS to a planning application for works on Inniscarra Lake have scuppered plans to hold a €1.5 million international fishing championship in the region next year, according to event organisers.
The 2014 World Feeding Fishing Championships were scheduled to take place in Mid Cork next summer, but the hosting of the event was contingent on the development of a 2.8km amenity walk on the lake that would provide slipways and access to the lake.
Tom Lawton of the Inniscarra Lakes Tourism Development Community Group said that objections to the plans mean that the project will miss the current round of LEADER funding; effectivelt scuppering the project.
He explained that the championship's governing body were to visit Inniscarra in October to inspect the venue to ensure it is prepared for the event, but that the 2014 championships are now likely to be moved to Holland.
"This development is a multi-purpose amenity, not just for fishing. It would provide facilities for walking and cycling, and would leave a legacy to the area," he explained.
"The majority of people in Coachford are all in favour; there are two landowners who made submissions. A few households are concerned, but these were more observations. This is still delaying the works and we are operating on a tight schedule," Mr Lawton said, adding that the championships can't happen without the development.
Mr Lawton said that all is not lost, however, and that it is hoped that if Holland, who were due to host the event in 2015, take over next year, Inniscarra may be ready for the event in two years time.
"All is not lost. It is a shame this happened, but we hope to swap with Holland. There is a meeting in Dublin today about it, and the governing body meets in Portugal next week where it will be discussed there. If Ireland has to look at an alternate venue here we could host the European Championships, which were due to be hosted in Belfast in 2015," he explained.