Friday, 26 August 2016

Inland Fisheries Ireland announces agreement with Angling Groups on Trout Production

The Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) met yesterday with a joint delegation from the National Anglers Representative Association and Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland to discuss IFI’s proposal to exit the production of trout for the re-stocking of angling lakes.

As a result of these discussions the Board of IFI has agreed to defer its proposal indefinitely. However, in the discussions the parties recognized that there are significant economic, environmental and biological issues surrounding the current production facilities which IFI needs to resolve. Inland Fisheries Ireland is committed to developing and seeking funding for a comprehensive strategy to meet current and future trout production needs, contingent on obtaining the significant investment required. The parties to the discussions agreed to continue to work closely together to deliver this strategy.

The Board of IFI wishes to acknowledge and thank all those who have made submissions to the public consultation on IFI’s exiting from freshwater trout production. This consultation process is now closed.

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Doctor (51) whose body found during Galway lake search was top cancer surgeon

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Doctor (51) whose body found during Galway lake search was top cancer surgeon. Tributes have been paid to the top cancer surgeon who died in a boating accident on Lough Corrib in Galway yesterday. Dr Curran's body was found west of Camillaun Island, around four miles from where he set off in the Oughterard area.

Dr Curran was originally from Oughterard, Co Galway and lived in Dublin.
Tributes were paid to Dr Curran on social media as news of his death emerged.

Professor John Crowne expressed his sympathy: "Very sorry to hear of sad death of Prof Aongus Curran RIP. Fine man and outstanding cancer surgeon."
The body was brought to University Hospital Galway.

A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.
The alarm was raised on Friday after his fishing boat was found.

At least 10 local boats were assisting emergency services in the search.
Professor Curran was one of the top cancer specialists in the country.

He was responsible for setting up a rapid access clinical at St. Vincent's Hospital for patients with suspicious neck lumps in order to aid the speedy diagnosis of malignancy in patients with head and neck cancer.
It was the first clinic of its kind for head and neck cancer in Ireland.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Beulah Switch Rods

Smooth casting and sturdy design make the Beulah 8/9weight switch rod the perfect fly rod to catch and play Atlantic Salmon. The cork handle is comfortable and provides good grip. For more information visit:
Short video below of fly casting on the Beulah Switch

Sunday, 24 July 2016

€7m upgrade of Bandon water and sewerage begins

Irish Water has announced it’s finally starting work on a €7 million upgrade of sewage treatment and water supply systems in Bandon, Co Cork. The company made the announcement yesterday, saying the upgrade will aid security of water supply, improve pressure and reduce leakage.

The upgrade of the sewerage network will increase flow capacity, reduce discharges to the Bandon River and aid in alleviating sewer flooding which hit the town recently.

Both systems will also allow for further development in the town and should be completed in two years’ time. The project will involve the replacement of approximately 5.1km of water mains pipes which are in poor condition with high levels of leakage.

An additional 2.5km of trunk water mains will be installed in order to increase network capacity.

A further 5km of existing sewers will be upgraded at various locations throughout the town.

Irish Water spokesman Mark O’Duffy said that by delivering water and wastewater services in one project, it will reduce the impact of the works on the local community, deliver the projects in a shorter timescale and generate overall cost savings.

He said site investigation works are the first important step in enabling design of the route for water and waste water rehabilitation work, and it is anticipated that a construction works contractor will be appointed in the second half of 2017.

The site investigation work will take place at various locations around Bandon where water mains and sewers will be installed or replaced, and Irish Water expects these works to be complete by October.

The work will be carried out by IGSL Ltd (Ground Investigation and Geotechnical Specialists) working on behalf of Irish Water.

Mr O’Duffy said site investigation works will involve small trial hole excavations, slit trenches and borehole drilling. This work will also assist in the identification of any archaeological sites of interest.

Friday, 22 July 2016

Closure of Cullion Fish Farm

Peter Burke TD was delight that Minister Sean Kyne TD accepted his invitation to visit Cullion Hatchery with Andrew Duncan and attend a public meeting later that evening.
Peter secured a Dáil debate on this vital issue and this is an extract from it. We need to ensure Cullion Fish Farm is retained.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Great week on the Bandon River

It was a great week for anglers on the Bandon River with the long awaited arrival of travelling fish in good numbers. Salmon were spotted jumping the weir in Bandon town in two's and three's which was quite a sight to see. Bandon Angling Association members reported multiple catches with a mix of colored and fresh fish being caught and lost.

Brown Trout
Dry fly fishing for brown trout has also improved with warm evening temperatures prompting good evening hatches. All brown trout in the pics below were safely released after photo taken.
(C) Rubber landing net to minimize stress and damage to fish
(C) 3lb Brownie
(C) 2.5lb Brownie