Lough Ree & the River Shannon

At 30km long Lough Ree is the second largest lake on the River Shannon system. It is a large rich limestone lough of 10,500 hectares in area and classed as a mixed fishery with good stocks of trout, pike and coarse fish present. The town of Lanesborough lies to the north and the vibrant, flourishing town and angling centre of Athlone is located to the southern end of the lake, a distance of over 25 kilometres.
The numerous weedy bays and inlets of the main lake and smaller waters are all top class for pike, bream, roach and trout fishing. The lough is the venue for yearly boat championships with pike specimens recorded at 113cm in the competition. During the championships we will fish both the lough and the river.  A map of the competition area will be made available to the participating nations.

Lanesborough / Ballyleague

Lanesboorugh/Ballyleague is the hosting town for the championships located at the Northern tip of Lough Ree.  On the shores of Lough Ree the area lays geographical claim to the centre of Ireland and is in the heart of the Irish Lakelands region. The towns of Lansborough also known as Lanesboro and Ballyleague straddle the River Shannon with Lanesborough on the County Longford side and Ballyleague on the County Roscommon side.  In the centre is the marina and base for the event. Here you will be rewarded with the Irish hospitality as can be shown by a small community in rural Ireland whilst experiencing the good fishing on both Lough Ree and the Shannon River.

The town of Longford is 16km north-east and Roscommon 15km south-west. The lough itself narrows at Athlone, a 30 minute drive away, a buzzing town with all the activities and accommodation of a city.

How to get there?

By Air: The main point of entry for visitors is Dublin airport (125km), Shannon International (167km) and Belfast International Airports are the other main airports. In addition there are seven regional airports which have European traffic Cork (215km), Galway (91km), Knock (99km) and Waterford (190km). Car hire is readily available but should be booked in advance.

Ballyeague/Athlone can be reached by road from Dublin in under 2 hours via the M4 motorway and N4 roads. Travel time from Shannon International airport is approx. 2.5 hours. A regular rail service operates from Dublin Heuston Station to Athlone which is a 30 minute drive away. See www.irishrail.ie

Buses run directly from Dublin airport to Longford a ten minute drive away from Lanesborough/Ballyleague. See www.buseireann.ie

Private transfers from both Dublin and Shannon International Airports are available upon request.

By Road: Ferries from mainland Europe operate to Rosslare (207km) and there are regular services via the United Kingdom from Holyhead, Wales and Liverpool, England to Dublin Port and from Cairnryan in Scotland to Belfast. Please be aware that visa’s may be required for travel to Ireland.