Saturday, 29 November 2014

Damning film lifts lid on River Lee 'tragedy'

There can be fewer more inspiring sights to a true Corkonian than the River Lee as it majestically winds its way through the county. Immortalised in countless songs, poems and pieces of prose, the River Lee is a potent symbol Cork and home to countless species of fish and marine wildlife.

However, a thought-provoking new documentary, narrated by two Corkmen Alan Nolan and Kevin Corcoran, is set to highlight some of the murkier events that have had a profoundly disturbing effect on the river over recent decades.

At the core of 'River Runner' lies the sad plight of the River Lee's Wild Atlantic Salmon, which is used to convey what Alan Nolan described as the "disturbing truth" of what has happened to the river over the past six decades. In doing so the film further serves to highlight several "environmental tragedies" that both narrators claim have lain hidden for many years.

"Not only does the film cover the plight of the salmon it also examines the fate of the salmon-dependent Freshwater Pearl Mussel, a species that is now perilously close to extinction," said Alan Nolan, a world renowned salmon angler.

He said the construction of two dams in the 1950s and the subsequent creation of two hydro-electric dams to feed the power needs of the city and its environs came at a "shocking price" to the environment.

"These massive dams severely halted the migration of the Atlantic salmon and in doing so complexly wiped out the River Lee's vibrant angling/tourism industry.

He claimed the impounded waters converted the wildlife-rich Lee into a "watery desert" devoid of natural life as trout, otter, eel and freshwater mussel stock completely collapsed.

"Just because humans cannot see what is below the surface of the water, it does not mean we have the right to destroy one of nature's most magnificent creatures," said Nolan.

The film also highlights what Kevin Corcoran, a respected environmental biologist, said was the "shocking destruction" of 'The Gearagh', one of Europe's rarest forest climates.

"Before the damming of the river this was the last pure stand of ancient riverine forest that had survived intact since the last ice age. This was just one of four such systems on the whole planet," said Corcoran.

"In addition, with the forest's demise, the last true community of ancient forest dwelling people also vanished. The story of their scattering and forced relocation is a truly harrowing and heart-breaking saga," he added.

For the first time ever on film, Corcoran brings to light the uniqueness of what had once been an important primeval forest ecosystem and the details of, what is termed,w its "horrific and needless" destruction.

"Similar in its rarity to the Cloud Forests of the high Andes in South America, at the time of its destruction The Gearagh contained ancient oak trees that dated back in time to the Middle Ages, with many over 600 years old. Its ancient yew trees however were much, much older, as many of these had been growing since before the birth of Christ," he said.

"Sadly, these were all hacked down over a three-year period to make way for the flood waters of the hydro-electric reservoirs, thus effectively destroying the forest ecosystem," said Corcoran.

He was keen to point out that what happened to the River Lee was not just a local issue, but a global one.

"Over the last 40-years global animal species populations have collapsed by a staggering 52%. If we begin to respect nature we can reverse that trend. In Cork we should begin by respecting out own lovely Lee," said Corcoran.

"In River Runner the true story of what was done to the river is finally highlighted for all to see," he added.

To find out more about 'River Run' visits

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Dredging on the Bandon River set to go ahead in the first half of 2015

Dredging on The Bandon River
The OPW are set to dredge the Bandon River during the first half of 2015. A €10 million Flood Relief Scheme is being advanced by the OPW in partnership with Cork County Council for Bandon Town.

This scheme will help alleviate serious flooding of Bandon Town. It has taken a number of years for the scheme to go through feasibility, planning & procurement processes and construction prior to becoming operational.

There are 5 distinct stages involved in OPW Flood Relief Schemes;
Stage 1: Feasibility & Preferred Option Selection.
Stage 2: Environmental Assessment & Planning.
Stage 3: Detailed design, tender process & award of construction contract.
Stage 4 & 5: Construction & Handover.

The following Consultancy Firms were appointed in November 2011 by the OPW to advance the Bandon Flood Relief Scheme; Byrne Looby Partners Water Services Ltd. in association with JBA Consulting – Engineering Consultants. Ryan Hanley in partnership with McCarthy Keville O'Sullivan Ltd. - Environmental Consultants.

Public Exhibition Documents are available for all to view on the following website

Friday, 26 September 2014

Friday, 22 August 2014

New Era for Fisheries Management at Launch of Bass, Pike and Trout Policies

National policies for the management of trout, pike and bass, were today (22.08.14) launched by Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), the state agency responsible for the protection, conservation, management and promotion of Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resources.

Speaking at the launch, IFI chairman, Mr Brendan O’Mahony, commented, “These policies are the first national species policies to be issued from IFI and in this regard represent a new era for fisheries management in Ireland. The policies will provide for the better conservation and management of bass, pike and trout in Ireland and will help ensure sustainability of stocks into the future. In addition, they will allow for improved angling, economic impacts and help to sustain and improve the many jobs that are supported by recreational angling in Ireland.”

The three policy documents have been formulated, through a rigorous consultation process, by groups comprising: fisheries scientists; angling federations; and industry representatives.

The recommendations will now be brought forward and put into practice by IFI. Where required IFI will seek legislative changes to underpin and support the policies, which will be reviewed after a period of three years.

The main recommendations put forward include:
  • For Bass: a reduction in the daily angling bag limit from two to one fish in any 24 hour period; an increase in the minimum landing size; and a review of the closed season.
  • For Pike: in designated, managed wild brown trout fisheries, the current bye-law is recommended to be amended to prohibit the killing of any pike greater than or equal to 85 cm in length; all larger rod-caught pike should be returned to the water alive; in all other waters of the State an angler will be permitted to take and kill one pike of less than or equal to 50 cm in length (as per the existing bye-law); additionally, the policy calls for further research into pike movement and transfer programmes.
  • For Trout: a national minimum size limit; national bag limits; designation of a number of lakes and rivers sections as wild brown trout fisheries; in addition to other measures.
Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland added, “I would like to thank all who assisted with the formulation of these policies, and I would also like to acknowledge the passion and understanding that all of the groups have for their species of interest: the environment; habitat; and pressures that they face. The challenge now is to implement these policies through the work of IFI, angling practices, and where necessary, with legislative support. I look forward to progressing these policies with the same collaborative approach as used in their formulation.”
For more information and to access the policy documents, visit

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Thousands of fish killed after chemicals dumped in Dublin's Tolka River

Thousands of fish have been killed after chemicals were dumped in the Tolka River.
The tragic scene was discovered yesterday after the river was covered in a bubble bath-like foam.
Dublin City Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland have launched an investigation into the source of the contaminating material that caused the incident.

Brian Beckett of Inland Fisheries Ireland said that thousands of fish had been killed by the pollution.
He said the body had an environmental team on the site from early yesterday after receiving a tip off through their environmental helpline - 1890 34 24 74. He said they "followed the foam" up the river to an area around the Finglas Road Bridge but added: "We have to be careful to protect the integrity of the case as it is an ongoing investigation. "We took water samples, but it can be difficult to pin point the source if the source has already gone."

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Niall Greene appointed to the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland

The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has appointed Mr. Niall Greene, LLB, LLM, to the board of Inland Fisheries Ireland. Mr. Greene has worked at senior management and board level with a number of prestigious private companies in the aviation industry and public agencies over his extensive career. He currently holds positions on a number of boards in the data management, security, aircraft and airport management industries, recently holding positions on disciplinary, audit, nomination and corporate governance sub-committees.

He also serves on the board of the Hunt Museum in Limerick, which he currently chairs.
Niall Greene also chairs the board of Salmon Watch Ireland Limited and is a member of the Shannon, Mulkear and District Anglers Association and of the Tralee and District Anglers Association. He is a former member of the executive of the Federation of Irish Salmon and Sea Trout Anglers.

He was instrumental in bringing together the three national game anglers federations to form Stop Salmon Drifts Nets Now in 2004 and chaired the board during the successful 2004/7 campaign. In 2012 he was elected co-chair of the NGO Group at the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) and has held a position on Inland Fisheries Ireland's National Inland Fisheries Forum since 2011. Mr Greene brings with him a vast wealth of experience and passion for conservation to the Board of Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Sea Trout Fishing in the South of Ireland by Hans Eckhardt Wagner

One of Eckhardt's homemade sea trout flies (this photograph is copyright protected)

40cm Sea Trout caught by Eckhardt Wagner (this photograph is copyright protected)

The most dominant water level on Ireland's so called "Spate Rivers" is low water. The chances of catching a salmon are low but not for sea trout! The sea trout can be best described as "Nomads of the Tide" who will travel up rivers regardless of water level, even in very low water conditions.

Great sport can be experienced by using a small-medium sized trout rod (6-7wt) with a silvery streamer fly, hook size 8 or 10. During the day it’s no harm to look in the pools before fishing by darkness of night. This means in the month of July, sea trout fishermen don’t start fly fishing till it’s completely dark.

There are plenty of rivers in County Cork that enjoy good runs of sea trout in the summer months. The Argideen river, Bandon river, Ilen river, River Lee, Owenabue (Owen Boy!) to name but a few and some smaller rivers with tidal influence as well.

If you catch a sea trout by fly don't be at all surprised that the fish will spend most of the fight jumping in mid air, providing great sport. The use of barbless single hooks is encouraged and release of all sea trout unharmed.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Stop Salmon Draft Nets in Our Estuaries Now!

What chance do the salmon have when our rivers are so low during a heat wave making it easy for these legalized nets to clean up! They continue to wipe out our natural salmon stocks.
Draft Nets between Cappoquin and Dromana River Blackwater Munster. 

11th of July 2014, broad daylight, low tide.
Netting of Salmon on the River Lee, County Cork

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Save The Brown Trout: Huge 14 lb. Wild Brown Trout Caught at Lough Muckn...

This 14lb Brown Trout caught on Lough Muckno was photographed following a long effort to revive it which unfortunately failed. It fell to a Pike anglers dead bait and was not the quarry sought. The lake contains moderate to small numbers of large ferrox brown trout and they are regarded as one of the lakes hidden treasures for a long time now, rarely targeted except by a few known experts who thankfully return everyone to the water alive as a matter of course.

The loss of this fish is disappointing but it is our ardent wish at lough Muckno that these beautiful specimens not be targeted into the future. The angler involved caught the fish by accident and not design, pike being his target but he greatly regrets the failure to revive it following a prolonged effort to do so. As most pike anglers know these are prized specimens not capable of withstanding the rigours of being caught and landed by conventional pike tactics.

All fair-minded and common sense anglers will agree that the last thing we need now if for these specimens to be targeted following this unfortunate exposure. Please return all fish to the lake alive and target species only with appropriate gear, bearing in mind the frailty of some beautiful fish like this one.

Save The Brown Trout: Huge 14 lb. Wild Brown Trout Caught at Lough Muckn...: 14lb trout caught by Mr Steven Donaghy Well renowned coarse and pike angling venue Lough Muckno, Castleblayney amazed local anglers whe...

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Massive 20lb+ Ferrox Trout Caught on Lough Corrib

Radek Vyhlidal who struck into a massive ferox trout.
After a long and difficult fight, the magnificent fish was finally netted, and after being measured and photographed, quickly released again. The huge ferrox trout was a monstrous 93 cm long, probably well over 20 lbs (9 kg), with the priority being to release it safely.

Inland Fisheries Ireland Should Protect Ireland's Wild Brown Trout

A website has been setup There has been calls for Inland Fisheries Ireland to focus their gaze on the nationwide protection of Ireland's Wild Brown Trout in Irish rivers and lakes.

Irish Salmon and Sea Trout have laws in place to protect them however Brown Trout have no state laws that offer them protection putting them at risk of killing and over fishing during fishing competitions.

A facebook group has been setup to encourage Irish Anglers to photograph their catch and safely release the brown trout so populations can recover. Please join the facebook group Save The Brown Trout at

Brown Trout

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Lough Sheelin Competition's

The first competition of the year – The Kilroy Cup will be held on the lake on Sunday March 16th from 11.0 am – 5pm, starting from Kilnahard pier.  The lake fished exceptionally well for this competition last year and it proved to be a great fishing day for all so it would be worth an angler’s while putting this date in his/her diary for next weekend.

Please contact Thomas Lynch @ 087 9132033 for further details

The popular Sheelin Classic trout competition now in its 10th year will be run on Lough Sheelin on Saturday April 19th which is the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.
For further information on this competition please contact Noel McLoughlin at 087 2179460

Please remember All anglers are required to have a Fishery Permit to fish Lough Sheelin which must be purchased before going out on the lake.

The heaviest fish for the week was a hefty over 8lb 11oz 68cm trout caught by Gary McKiernan ( on a glister Ollie.
Total number of trout recorded: 25

Monday, 10 February 2014

We Await Season 2014 with Anticipation

February the 15th is almost upon us and this means the salmon and trout season opens on most Irish rivers. This is gladly welcome amongst the fraternity of fishermen across Ireland. Its been such a dark, dank and long winter. Even a cast at sea was impossible due to the continuous battering of Atlantic Storm systems particularly in Clare and Galway.

Now we look to season 2014 with positive anticipation. Every fisherman I know is hoping that this season will yield good numbers of salmon and sea trout and that we don't experience the heatwave we had last summer which made the fishing so difficult. River and lake levels were at an all time low and the fish were under pressure with high temperatures.

The focus is now on a new year. The rivers at this time will hold plenty of Kelts/Slots or spent fish (salmon whom have spawned from the previous year). Care should be taken to return these fish unharmed and straight back to water to live another day. Many of them return to spawn again. Don't forget to record kelts/slots in your salmon license logbook for Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Their may even be a spring fish around with all the rain. Keep in touch and send us photo's of your catch and updates during the season. Tight Lines!

Friday, 31 January 2014

A Pilot Study of Seal Predation on Salmon Stocks in Selected Irish Rivers and Estuaries

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) funded the Coastal and Marine Research Centre (CMRC), University College Cork (UCC), in conjunction with partners in the School of Biology, Ecology and Environmental Science (BEES, UCC) and the Marine Institute (MI) to undertake a 2 year pilot study (2011-­‐2013) to investigate seal predation on salmon stocks in the Moy and Slaney estuaries. The study began in August 2011 and continued to August 2013.

Salmonids were found in the diet of both grey and harbour seals using identification of salmonid bones recovered from the scat (faeces) of seals collected at seal haulout sites in the Moy and Slaney.

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Laune River Opens Today with First Salmon Caught

The River Laune in Co. Kerry opened this morning for salmon fishing

Ger O’Shea lands first of the season

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Ireland Angling Show 2014


The Ireland Angling show,  has grown over the last 15 years to become the Country’s  Premier  Angling event and is a firm fixture on the calenders of anglers through out the Country. Mara Media have developed the show to bring together all aspects of Angling, Sea, Coarse, Game under one roof , where visitors have the opportunity to meet angling celebrities and experts from all over Ireland ,the UK and who are on hand to share expertise , advice  and tuition.

Children are most welcome at the Ireland Angling Show, a large interactive area is designated to teach and encourage kids to pick up a rod. A visit to the  Dublin Angling Initiative Kids Zone is a must for families.
Whether you are a beginner, have some experience or have never gone fishing before this show is for you! Information, education  and entertainment is a important feature of this event , the shows theatre/seminar area  hosts wide selection of interesting talks over the weekend, something there for everyone.
The Ireland Angling show is held at the beginning of the angling season,perfect timing for  visitors to stock up on  tackle supplies and check out all the latest  products.

“ This event  has an amazing  range of products for all anglers and all  budgets. I have brought together a great mix of tackle trade and manufactures showcasing new products and innovation ,while supporting the Irish Tackle dealers. Whether you are looking for a bargain or investing in the latest cutting edge design and technology....the Ireland Angling Show has it all “....Grace McDermott,  Event Organiser, Mara Media.

The most important thing about the Ireland Angling Show is that it brings people together. The show has become a wonderful meeting place for angling friends old and new from around the country. To come together with a shared interest in angling.... to shop , to learn  something new, to meet their Angling legends and enjoy all the show has to’s a great weekend!

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