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Galway West TD announces €275k funding for Galway fisheries projects

A Galway TD has announced funding to the value of €275,298 to angling development and conservation projects in Galway.

Sean Kyne TD announced the funding on a visit to ongoing river enhancement projects on the Grange River, a major tributary of the Clare River in Galway.

Galway is one of 24 counties in the state to be included in the €2.2 million which will be received by 115 initiatives.

Eighteen of the 115 projects to receive funding are in Co. Galway.

A full list of funding awarded to Galway projects is below.

OrganisationProject TitleCountyFunding Awarded
Kilconnell Community Development Association LTDDisabillity carpark and access point and new permanent fishing stand.Galway€6,810
Clifden Trout Anglers AssociationImprovement of Owenglin river access walkwayGalway€19,530
Outdoor Ranger ltdAngling equipment to develop youth anglingGalway€2,000
Leenane Development AssociationFisheries species, habitat and angling information signageGalway€122
Delphi Fishery LtdAngling Access Delphi FisheryGalway€1,614
Inland Fisheries IrelandClare River angler access from Claregalway to Gortatleva (Phase 1)Galway€7,888
Kylemore Abbey & Gardens LtdKylemore Abbey Angling Access ProgrammeGalway€19,881
Lough Corrib Angling Trout FederationFisheries enhancement and angling access projectGalway€3,517
Cairde Na ChlairAbbert River Spawning & Habitat RegenerationGalway€56,685
Cathal Hughes AnglingPromotional Angling VideosGalway€1,875
kevin Molloy BoathirePurchase of boats to improve angler accessGalway€4,375
Annaghdown Angling ClubFencing & In-stream DevelopmentGalway€3,026
Forum Connemara CLGWest of Leenane Invasive Species Survey and Management PlanGalway€1,837
Hugh O’DonnellAngling boats to improve angler accessGalway€4,000
Inland Fisheries IrelandRock ramp on River Bunowen AhascraghGalway€120,000
Lough Corrib BoatsAngling boats to improve angler accessGalway€7,500
Inland Fisheries IrelandKylemore Riverbank and spawning bed restoration projectGalway€10,238
Inland Fisheries IrelandRiparian Management BealanabrackGalway€4,400


The projects, which focus on improving Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resource, will begin delivery in 2018.

In total, applications for over 140 projects were received bringing the overall value of projects applying for funding to above €2.9million.

The Fine Gael TD congratulated the applicants who were awarded the funding.

“The projects receiving funding are located in 24 counties across the country. They include fisheries habitat conservation projects as well as the provision of infrastructure and equipment to allow for improved access to angling,” he said.

“Education/youth initiatives and projects aimed at attracting increased number of tourist anglers also attracted funding. I recently announced to forthcoming addition, in early 2018, of ‘Fisheries Projects Animators’ for Inland Fisheries Ireland and that initiative will support the implementation of these projects in assisting community organisations nationwide in realising these ambitious angling projects and conservation initiatives over the coming year.”

The 2017 Funding Call was first announced in August 2017 with local groups and individuals including local development associations, tidy towns, angling clubs, local authorities and others invited to apply for funding, with 115 angling development projects being awarded funding to the value of €2.2m.

The scheme is part of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s National Strategy for Angling Development.

Sean Kyne TD said that Inland Fisheries Ireland is aiming to grow the angling sector’s socio-economic contribution of €836 million per year by an additional €60 million annually through the Strategy.

This will be achieved, according to the Galway West TD, by driving angling participation among domestic and overseas visitors, which in turn is supported by improving access to fishing and developing angling infrastructure.


Michael Malone
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