A world class catch
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 verdict this week as organisers, official and locals met to launch the World Feeder Fishing Championships, which will take place in Nadrid next weekend.
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. And with over 200 competitors, 150 team officials 75 stewards and over 300 supporters expected, local hotels, B&Bs and private accommodation are booked out all around the area.
The competitors will be arriving this weekend for practice before the official opening next Thursday when a 'Parade of Nations' through Coachford Village will lead to Aghabullogue GAA Complex.
However, apart from the fishing, a series of social events have been planned for the week of the championships.
"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," said the chairperson of the Community Council, Deirdre O'Donovan. 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."