Michael Creed TD, minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Cork North West officially launched the FIPS-ed World Youth Angling Championships in Coachford, Co. Cork today. Anglers and officials, sponsors & partners gathered on the Coachford Greenway in support of this prestigious international fishing event specifically for Youths.
Minister Creed enthused on the value of the Coachford Greenway to the local community and its economic benefit as an international angling centre of excellence. Der Casey of the National Coarse Fishing Federation thanked the local community groups as well as the sponsors of the event, Cork County Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland, ESB, Cork Convention Bureau and Failte Ireland for their commitment to hosting the championships.
Inland Fisheries Ireland Suzanne Campion outlined their sponsorship commitment including manpower, safety boats and bio security as well as financial support. Frank Barry ESB commented on the outstanding success of the 2014 championships and their positive impact on the local area. Cllr Gobnait Moynihan representing the Cork County Mayor commented on the importance of this type of event in rural areas and expressed delight that the International angling fraternity was returning to the Cork with such a major tournament. Seamus Heaney Cork Convention Bureau concurred with the positive remark of other speakers and said how happy Failte Ireland was to be afforded the opportunity to be involved again with this event. Doug Lucey Coachford Community Council represented the local community.
The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland have secured the World Youth Angling Championships to take place in Coachford in August 2017. This event is the largest on the FIPSed, Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce world championship angling calendar with over 20 Nations expected to present Youth teams in the categories U15, U20 and U25.
The event will be staged on Inniscarra Reservoir and include the Coachford Greenway, a 2.8km linear park in the form of a walkway, available for everyone to enjoy; walking, jogging, rowing, family days out, picnics and fishing. Development of this multi – purpose amenity continues and we are pleased to announce that a further €150,000 is to be used to upgrade Greenway to include achieving Sport Ireland National Trails status. Works are expected to start soon with funding awarded from Cork County Council, Rob Allen Engineering, National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd under the REDZ scheme.
In August 2013 the ESB entered into a 25 year licence agreement with Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd to support the construction of the Greenway. The project, a huge investment for the region has been a success and we welcomed 25 nations to the World Feeder Fishing Championships here in 2014 which has left a legacy for angling in the area. Since this time the number of anglers visiting the region and the benefit to local businesses has increased. The Youth event is expected to bring a further 5000+ bed nights to the region. The Greenway is also popular with members of the local community of all ages enjoying the outdoors.
For more details of the World Youth Angling Championships please visit the dedicated website here