River of fish
The Inniscarra reservoir continues to attract visiting anglers after the World Championships have ended. Over the next two months ten fishing competitions will be held on the river ensuring that B&Bs, hotels and other accommodation will be busy along the Lee Valley. The well stocked river is guaranteeing anglers from the UK and Europe some excellent fishing and the improved facilities at the Coachford Greenway are now regarded as one of the best in Europe.
Fishing nets boost for local economy
Over one hundred local volunteers joined with members of the National Course Fishing Federation of Ireland, Inland Fisheries and international judges to run the biggest event on the river Lee since the building of the dams almost 90 yrs ago. The 2017 World Youth Angling Championships run over seven days was a tremendous success. Teams from 14 countries came to the Lee Valley to fish the bountiful waters of the Inniscarra reservoir. Coachford Village was the HQ for the world event and the hundreds of visitors created a festival atmosphere in the locality. The Greenway was the main location for the fishing championships and was full of young anglers from dawn each day as the teams trained for the big event on Saturday and Sunday. The opening ceremony took place in Coachford on Thursday and each country paraded their flags through the village as local children and families cheered them on . Members of the local camogie and Foróige clubs carried the nations flags and countries names and the Ballingeary Pipe Band led the parade through the village and on to the GAA Hall where the official opening ceremony took place. The County Mayor, Cllr. Declan Hurley accepted each country’s flag and welcomed all the participants to Coachford, the Lee Valley and Cork. When the competition started in earnest on Saturday morning 180 anglers began fishing the river Lee in Coachford and Dripsey and showed the locals the skills of pole and rod fishing as they hauled thousands of fish from the reservoir each day, weighed them and returned them to the peaceful waters at the end of each day. On Sunday evening as the championships came to an end the French team were declared the 2017 World champions. “ We were delighted the way the whole week went and there was some great fishing on the lake. We are indebted to the ESB and the Inland Fisheries for their partnership and commitment to these championships and to angling on the river. These events are a huge undertaking and we rely on the support of so many people and groups to carry it off successfully. We are fortunate to have some great businesses, community people and volunteers here in Cork to support the events we host on the Greenway.” Said Tommy Lawton, chief organiser of the World Championships. Maighread Ní Mhurchú, Chairperson of the Community Council said “ This was a another huge event for the community and once more showed the wisdom of a small group of people who built the Greenway only four years ago and provided the world class facilities to host world championships in Coachford. An event like this has long reaching effects on the economy of the valley. While the World Championships brings a much needed boost to many businesses we are hopeful that many of those who participated in the event over the last week will return to enjoy fishing on the Lee in a less pressurised environment in the future. The Greenway is a wonderful amenity for the locals who use it to walk and enjoy our spectacular river and scenery. It is also a vital tool in improving the tourism and economy of the Lee Valley area..”
The world is coming to Coachford
Fourteen countries including Spain, Italy, France and England will descend on the village of Coachford next week as the World Youth Angling Championships take place on Inniscarra Lake. The Competition takes place on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th with the teams expected to start arriving from this weekend for training and familiarisation of the venue. Each competing country will have 15 team members, five under 15s, five under 20s and five under 25s. Accommodation in the Lee Valley area is at a premium with Hotels, B&Bs and holiday apartments all booked out for months. Coachford Village is the venue for the official opening ceremony on Thursday August 10th and a parade of flags by the competing nations will take place at 6pm. The village is expected to be hive of activity for the week as the GAA hall will act as the official Head Quarters of the World Championships. The Under 20s and U25s will fish on the newly refurbished Greenway while the for the Under 15s takes place on the Garden Section of the river at Griffins Garden Centre in Dripsey. “The whole community is looking forward to welcoming the young anglers to the village and with 210 young fishermen, their families and team members coming to Coachford it is going to be a great week for the area. We are thrilled that the Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Committee and the National Course Fishing Federation of Ireland were able to secure another World Championship for the river so soon after the very successful World Feeder Championships in 2014. The improvement works on the Greenway will see this already excellent facility become an even better venue for top class world events in the future. “ said Community Council Chairperson, Maighread Ní Mhurchú. The national flags of the fourteen nations have been installed at Rooves Bridge by O’Donovan Engineering and provide a terrific backdrop to the world championship venue. The village has been decorated with buntings and flags also as Coachford prepares to be invaded.
Can you help?
The organisers of the World Youth Fishing Champi0onships are looking for river bank stewards to help out on Saturday and Sunday, August 12th & 13th. Each of the 210 competitors will need a steward to count the number of fish they catch and to act as support to the angler. This is a great opportunity to get involved in a world Championship event and to enjoy a few hours on the river bank.If you are available on any of the days please contact Tommy on 086 104 3040
Autumn fishing on Inniscarra is a FEEDERFEST!
One hundred anglers enjoyed five days of match fishing on Inniscarra Reservoir over the bank holiday weekend in mild conditions. The competition was fished on the Coachford Greenway and continuing with the legacy of the World Feeder Fishing Championships of 2014 it was tip fishing only featuring other well-known feeder fishing venues such as the Garden Centre, Graveyard and Inishleena.
The close match saw Steve Ringer go into the final day in third position to catch 237 roach and finish the winner. Steve finished with 52.010kg, 5kg ahead of County Cavan based angler Neil Mazurek who presented a steady performance throughout for 46.070kg. Less than a kilo behind was Dean Barlow with 425.200kg for third place. Steve Ringer coincidently won his first Gold medal on the venue in 2014 along with Team England who also scored gold and many of whom were back one the lake for the first time.
1 Steve Ringer, England 52.010kg
2 NEIL MAZUREK, Ireland 46.070kg
3 Dean Barlow, England 45.200kg
4 Adam Wakelin, England 44.120kg
5 Robert Wootton, England 45.520kg
6 LEO KOOT, Holland 41.460kg
7 PHIL IRVING, England 40.880kg
8 PHIL RINGER, England 40.760kg
Fantastic sponsorship from Guinness contributed to a massive prize fund of €23,000 along with €5,000 of tackle from Sensas Ireland provided the top eight winners with super cash prizes on top of daily and section wins. For the winner was a custom-made trophy complete with a hand-crafted feeder hallmarked in Cork silver commissioned by sponsors Jackie Lennox Chip Shop. O’Callaghans Bar & Guest House and O’Riordan’s Bars in Coachford looked after the anglers superbly even giving the anglers the opportunity to pour their own pint!
The match attracted some of the finest feeder anglers from across Europe and created a buzz in Coachford and the surrounding area not seen since the championships of 2014. And with a combination of 20lb of roach a day and the superb local hospitality Feederfest is sure to set itself securely on the match fishing calendar.
Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Limited, the angling group who look after the area congratulate the winners and thank everyone who took part; 90% of whom travelled from overseas. Thank you to Guinness, it’s great to have a commercial sponsor onboard with angling events and a pleasure to work with, along with Sensas Ireland and Jackie Lennox Chip Shop, Cork.
Next up for Inniscarra is the Sensas Challenge with anglers from Ireland and France fishing a team competiton over the weekend of 12th & 13th of November. The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland are set to host the World Youth Angling Championships on the Coachford Greenway in August 2017 which could see 50 junior teams from across the world on the venue.
Feederfest Ireland 2016, Inniscarra Lake, Coachford, Co. Cork.
If you are visiting Coachford for Feederfest 2016 PLEASE SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS.
– O‘Callaghans Bar in the centre of Coachford. The draw venue for many of our festivals. Great beer, great food (including the famous breakfast!) and great Craic. A supporter of our festivals for many years.
– O’Riordans Bar. Another great bar and draw venue for many festivals. It’s directly opposite O’Callaghans Bar so you won’t have far to walk!
– Granvilles Restaurant, Macroom. sponsors of the Granville Cup.
You’ll get a warm welcome from Leonie Granville and staff at this superb restaurant, about a 15 minute drive from Coachford. Let them know your fishing the festival and you will receive a 10% discount off of the A la Carte menu. Booking is advisable during festival weeks.
– Mai Fitzs Bar and Restaurant. A 10 minute drive from Coachford on the main Cork to Macroom Road. Great food at great prices and serving food from 9am to 9pm.
– Kathleen’s Grocers. In the centre of Coachford. Kathleen has been sponsoring festivals for over 20 years. Pleas visit her for all your snacks and drinks.
– Cooneys Garage, Coachford. Not just fuel. Get your drinks and snacks here, they also do a great takeaway Pizza!
– Hogans Oaklands, Coachford. A superb place to stay and within walking distance of the bars! John and Siobhan have been sponsoring festivals for many years. A real home from home.
– Fountain House. Just outside of Macroom and about 15 minutes from Coachford. A great favourite of the England Feeder Team!
– Coolcower House, Macroom. Lots of rooms, lots of space, 2 tackle rooms, in fact everything an angler needs. A great favourite of our Dutch visitors.
Permits are available to purchase from O’Callaghan’s Bar & Guest-house and at Cooney’s Filling Station & Quik Pick store at the following prices.
Senior Annual Permit €30 *
Senior Weekly Permit €15
Senior Daily Permit €10
Junior Annual Permit €15 *
Junior Weekly Permit €10
Junior Daily Permit €5
* Passport size photo’s are required for Annual Permits.
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