Saturday 19 January 2019

Competition debut for Usher's Lake club

Usher’s Lake Angling Club at their first competition in Wexford
Usher’s Lake Angling Club at their first competition in Wexford

The fledgling Usher's Lake Angling Club based in Swords has taken part in its first away competition, with members travelling to Wexford to take part.

The Usher's Lake Angling Club based in Swords took part in its first competition recently at Oaklands Fishery in, New Ross Wexford. The charity event organised by the Killinarden Angling Initiative.

The event was held in aid of Pieta House and was the Swords club's debut outing.

The club fielded two teams on the day and the competition saw around 50 anglers from all over the country take part in what was a great day's fishing.

The event raised over €3,500 raised for a great cause.

Cllr Duncan Smith (Lab), who is chairperson of the Usher's Lake Angling Club said: 'Our little club has come on leaps and bounds since we formed last year.

'We are continuing to work to develop Usher's Lake in Swords as a quality Coarse fishery and we are working with Fingal County Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland on this project.'

Cllr Smith added: 'We are committed to protecting the beautiful environment around Usher's Lake too and we are making great progress. 'In addition to this work, we are going on regular trips to other lakes and fisheries learning from what they offer and building relationships.

'We are always looking for new volunteers and members. We are a very welcoming club and we believe we are working on a very exciting community project which will benefit Swords and the wider Fingal Area.'

Usher's Lake, is located in the Ward River Valley estate is destined to play a major role in the local authority's plans for the development of Ward River Valley park.

Cllr Smith is a founder member of the club and he previously explained why he embarked on the venture: 'As the lake has already been used for decades by locals to fish in, I wanted to develop a club to formalise the fishing there.'

Following a meeting, which was well attended by locals interested in developing a Coarse Fishing Club, the Usher's Lake Angling Club was formed.

Coarse fishing, which involves the catching and releasing of the fish, has become increasingly popular in the last number of years and Cllr Smith has been looking at the Tolka Anglers Association along with other angling associations in Navan and Blanchardstown for guidance on how to run such an angling club.

According to Cllr Smith: 'It's a place for people from Swords to come and have a good fishery, the like of which is not available elsewhere in Dublin. It's a win-win for everyone,'

Fingal Independent