World fishing a great catch for Coachford

Published 12/07/2014 | 12:00

Tommy Lawton, event organiser and Margaret Kelleher ESB, who are facilitating the event on ESB land, at the launch on Inniscarra Reservoir. Photo: John Sheehan Photography.

For the first time in Ireland's history we have a world championship coarse angling venue to rival the best in the world.

For the first time in Ireland's history we have a world championship coarse angling venue to rival the best in the world.

That was the word on Wednesday as dignitaries gathered to launch the World Feeder Fishing Championships, which will take place on the River Lee at Nadrid, Coachford on July 19 and 20.

With international teams from 25 nations competing, the newly-developed mid-Cork venue has already attracted the best attendance in the event's short history.

The competitors will arrive this Sunday to take part in five days of practise before the competition begins.

The official opening by Mr Fergus O'Dowd TD, Minister of state at the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources, will take place at the Aghabullogue GAA Complex after a 'Parade of Nations' through Coachford Village on Thursday, July 17 from 6pm.

The event will close with a medal ceremony at Aghabullogue GAA Complex in honour of the winners on Sunday, July 20 at 5pm followed by a gala dinner at Lee valley Golf Club.

In between, a full week's entertainment is being organised in Coachford village to welcome the 240 team members, stewards and spectators.

During the week, the new Greenway will be the main venue for most of the teams and spectators are invited to view the fisherman in action.

With 25 countries taking part, local hotels, B&Bs and private accommodation are booked out all around the area.

Meanwhile, the welcoming committee is busy decorating the village with buntings and the flags, shops are stocked up and the public houses in the village have music lined up for the weekend of the competition.

"We are delighted that the World Championships are coming to the village. It's a huge boost for the area and is giving everyone a sense of pride in our village, the river and the Lee Valley," said the chairperson of the Community Council, Deirdre O'Donovan.

"We are asking everyone to make the visitors from the 25 countries feel very welcome and offer them a Cead Míle Fáilte."

Deirdre paid special tribute to Tommy Lawton of the NCFFI for helping to bring this world event to Coachford and to the Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Committee for developing the venue.

"The buzz and excitement around Coachford is great to see and already the influx of the participating countries is having a positive impact on the community," she said.

Coachford Tidy Towns are busy making sure the area looks its best and Cork County Council have been making sure that potholes are filled and have embarked on a major clean up of the Rooves Bridge area.

The ESB, who are one of the major sponsors of the event, have been ensuring the venue is perfect, the water is good and that the river is full of fish!

The Championships will start at 7am on Saturday morning and will finish each day at around 4pm.

It's a huge event for the area with over 200 competitors, 150 team officials 75 stewards and over 300 supporters expected to visit the area over the weekend of the championships and it will certainly put the fishing facilities that Coachford and the wider area have on the international angling map.


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