Lough Muckno To Host European Fishing Event

Lough Muckno

Inland Fisheries Ireland present European Police Championships 2012 Lough Muckno Castleblaney Co Monaghan Ireland 30th September – 5th October 2012.

The European Police Freshwater fishing Championships for 2012 will be held at Lough Muckno in Castleblaney Co Monaghan Ireland over the 5th and 6th October 2012.

This event was officially launched on Monday 30th July, 2012, the Mayor of Monaghan County Council, Cllr. Hugh Mc Elvaney, officiated at the launch of Lough Muckno, Castleblaney also present were Dr Ciaran Byrne IFI, Superintendent Gerry Russell Carrickmacross, D/Supt Jim Mc Gowan from Coiste Siamsa.

The welcome news that Inland Fisheries Ireland and Monaghan County Council are to sponsor the event with other significant partners involved including St Paul’s Garda Credit Union Cork, Coiste Siamsa and tackle firms Maver Uk and Sensas.

An Garda Siochana will host the event with the assistance of local clubs Lough Muckno Coarse Angling Club along with South Armagh and District League. It will be conducted under the patronage of the governing body of the Irish Angling Development Alliance and under the direction of Inland Fisheries Ireland the national statutory body responsible for the excellent condition of coarse angling in Ireland.

The organising committee of the European Angling event extends our sincere thanks to Inland Fisheries Ireland and Monaghan County Council for their commitment to this very important event which will have a massive economic benefit for the region and the town of Castleblayney in particular.

The staff members of Monaghan County Council in all departments including the tourism section headed by Dympna Condra are playing a decisive and central role in ensuring that the venue is ready for the event and that the development project is over the line in good time by mid September when the advance parties arrive.
If the enthusiasm shown by the delegation  of competitors in attendance over 13th to 15th April is anything to go by, the positive impact of this European event will be felt far into the future and the economic benefit will be immense.
In economic terms this single event will generate more revenue for the local economy than the entire cost of the wonderful Lough Muckno Development, funded by Interreg and due for completion just two weeks prior to the commencement of the event and without which the event cannot take place.

In creating a new centre of excellence at the prime resource at Lough Muckno we are truly utilising our best natural resources to stimulate the local economy and create and sustain jobs in the area surrounding.

All of the delegates praised the wonderful warm welcome and help extended to everyone, from courtesy pick up and drop off at Dublin airport by six volunteer cars, to the guided visits to the Lough Muckno sites, the boat guiding service and the wonderful food and entertainment available at centres at which the competitors will be based.

The event will also feature a reception for the teams and entourage at the Glencarn Hotel Castleblayney on Wednesday 3rd of October and a celebration Banquet on the closing night Saturday 6th October 2012. The Glencarn Hotel has been chosen as competition headquarters for the week of the championships.

Many of the hotels, guesthouses and self catering locations were visited with very positive reaction, to the extent that a large number of the participants extended their intended stay for a further week.

Confirmed bookings received indicate that 22 teams of five will be in attendance in the area for a period of approx ten days, with many team members, spouses and friends spending a further 7 days after the event.
This is an unprecedented feature of any such event held on a rotational basis throughout Europe over the last 10 years.

There was particularly strong interest in the venue expressed by delegates from Holland, Belgium and Italy. The teams from these Nations are expected to be accompanied by a large group of anglers that have expressed great interest in fishing at the soon to be developed angling facilities at the venue.
During the forthcoming European Police Fishing Championships alone, it is confidently expected that the event will amount to filling of a minimum of 1600 bed nights in the local region with a cost benefit to the local economy in terms of accommodation, bait, tackle and other services.

The practice days will commence Sunday 30th September 2012 and will conclude Thursday 4th October 2012 on which date all competitors must attend. The event will be staged on three main, newly developed sections at Black/yellow Island, White Island and Concra Wood over two competition days 5th and 6th October 2012.

This is a prolific venue with vast quantities of Roach, Perch, Skimmers, Hybrids and Bream to be found on all of the stretches.  All stretches fulfil the CIPS criteria with regard to internationally required dimensions and the average depth at 13 metres, ranges from 2m to 5m in depth.  With twenty plus 5 man teams of police from all over Europe expected to be in attendance along with additional support personnel the event should prove to be a timely boost for tourism revenue in the local area and the support from the local council members and staff, the guest house owners and service providers is assured.

A full range of accommodation types are available, from self catering to wonderful guesthouses and local friendly hotels.  Castleblayney is a small rural town by Irish standards with excellent services in the area of dining and entertainment. The larger centres of interest close by are Carrickmacross, Monaghan town and Dundalk each only 15 minutes by car and are certainly worth a visit from a shopping and tourist perspective.

An appropriate level of security will be provided by An Garda Siochana throughout the entire week and everybody should feel free to enjoy the event and the experience of fishing in Ireland the true home of Coarse Angling in Europe.

The organising committee of the European Angling event extends our sincere thanks to our partners Inland Fisheries Ireland, Monaghan County Council and Monaghan Tourism, St Pauls Garda Credit Union, Coiste Siamsa, Sensas and Maver UK for their commitment to this very important event, which will have a massive economic benefit for the region and the town of Castleblayney in particular.

The organising committee would like to extend to everybody travelling to the event in any capacity, a truly warm Irish Cead Mile Failte.

A Hundred Thousand Welcomes.


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