National Strategy for Angling Development – Capital Works Fund 2016

The funding scheme forms part of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s National Strategy for Angling Development which aims to ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced for the economic value and recreational benefit which they offer to communities across Ireland. The fisheries resource is worth €836 million to the Irish economy annually and supports upwards of 11,000 jobs, often in rural and peripheral communities.
The National Strategy for Angling Development aims to grow the annual economic contribution of angling by €96 million over the next five years, creating an additional 1,800 jobs and attracting 40,000 more tourists annually.

The fund is aimed specifically at capital improvement works with grants available to all groups and individuals including local development associations, tidy towns, angling clubs and others looking to improve access to angling. The types of projects eligible for funding must provide for public access and include the following:

  • Clearing and fencing along rivers/ lakes to allow access for angling
  • Abled and disabled friendly angling stands
  • Car parks to improve access for anglers (new car parks and upgrades to existing carparks)
  • Walkways to improve access for anglers
  • Stands, styles, footbridges and boat slips
  • Accessible angling boats / angling boats

Capital Works Fund – Awards Announcement

Inland Fisheries Ireland has awarded 50 angling development projects with funding to the value of €500,000 in total as part of its Capital Works Fund. The projects, which focus on improving angling access and infrastructure, will be delivered in 2017 and are located in 18 counties across Ireland.

The Capital Works Fund was announced in October 2016 with those looking to improve access to angling through minor capital projects invited to apply for funding.  The scheme is part of Inland Fisheries Ireland’s National Strategy for Angling Development which aims to ensure that Ireland’s fish stocks and angling infrastructure are protected and enhanced for the economic value and recreational benefit they offer to communities across Ireland.

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 by driving angling participation among domestic and overseas visitors, which in turn is supported by improving access to fishing and developing angling infrastructure.
In addition to the applications received to the Capital Works Fund, Inland Fisheries Ireland also received 90 ‘Expressions of Interest’ across 21 counties. Feedback has been given to those who completed ‘Expressions of Interest’ and potential has been identified across a number of projects. It is anticipated that Inland Fisheries Ireland will continue funding for projects in this area in the New Year.  All funding calls in 2017 will be announced on 

Capital Works Fund 2016 Projects:

The projects receiving financial assistance under the Capital Works Fund 2016 include:


Project Name and Applicant

Funding Awarded


Hollybank Lake, (northwest of Arvagh) Co. Cavan

Hollybank Lake, Arvagh Access Road and Car Park Improvements

Cavan County Council


Hollybank Lake is a popular angling spot for pleasure and competitive angling. This project aims to improve access to the lake including upgrading the current access road, which is currently in poor condition, and the car park.

Lough Sheelin, Co. Cavan


Lough Sheelin Safety Measures

Cavan County Council


Provision of safety measures at Lough Sheelin including the purchase of 30 marker buoys, chains, shackles and anchor blocks.

Bun Lough, Belturbet,   Co. Cavan


Bun Lake Car Park and Access Road Improvements

Cavan County Council 


Upgrading  the car park and access road at Bun Lough, Belturbet. This is a prime angling location and the project aims to improve access to the lakeside and make the site more attractive. 

This project will add to the scope of leisure activities in Belturbet by improving the angling product in the town and wider region.   

Putiaghan, Belturbet, Co. Cavan

Putiaghan Lake Lay-By Upgrade

Cavan County Council


Resurfacing the lake lay-by on N3 at Putiaghan Lough. The lay-by is undersized and overgrown and this project aims to deliver a proper lay-by which delivers adequate and safe parking facility for anglers. 

Nadreegeel Lough, Ballyjamesduff, Co.Cavan


Nadreegeel Loughs – Site Clearance, Car Park Improvement and Signage Development

Cavan County Council


This is a popular fishing location with potential for development. This project will enhance the venue by adding a Disabled Access platform and reviewing existing facilities to ensure that Lacken Lake can be used by anglers of all abilities.  This work will also include improvements to the car park and informational signage developments. 

Swan Island, Lough Bridget,
Co. Clare

Swan Island Lough Bridget – Upgrade of Angling Facilities

Tulla and District Coarse Angling Association


Improving access to angling by upgrading the car park, providing proper access road fencing, completing walkways and the upgrade of existing fishing stands to make them disabled and semi disabled friendly.

River Ilen, Skibbereen, Co. Cork


River Ilen – Development Project for Recreational and Tourist Angling

River Ilen Anglers Club


The River Ilen provides a local and tourist angling destination. This project will improve angling access and infrastructure at the site and will include provision of parking, benches, styles, picnic benches as well as weed control work.

Bandon River, Bandon, Co. Cork

Opening Access on the Bandon River

Bandon Angling Association


Installation of two steel footbridges with handrails to open access along a stretch of the river for angling.  One will be placed at Deasy’s Turn while the other will be at Holland’s Flat.

Glenbeg Lake, Ardgroom, Beara,
Co. Cork


Glenbeg Lake – Angling Access

Beara Trout Anglers


Improving angling access around Glenbeg Lake to include informational signage, safety stiles and pedestrian bridges.


Tibbotstown, Carrigtwohill,  Co .Cork


Angling access and storage at Tibbotstown Reservoir

Glanmire & District Salmon & Trout Anglers Association


This project will deliver car parking and a storage hut for angling equipment at Tibbotstown Reservoir. This will help provide an excellent angling amenity for the community and visitors to the area.

Co. Cork


River Blackwater Access Improvement

Kilbarry Salmon Trout Anglers


Angling access improvement works on the River Blackwater . The project involves construction of timber styles, regrading and orientation of access to fishery, creation of steps and suitable stairways, provision of handrails, regrading of stone wall at water’s edge, pruning of overhanging vegetation , provision of new fishing hut for dining and resting , timber fencing, car parking.

Sessiagh Lough, Co. Donegal

Sessiagh Lough Boat Replacement

Dunfanaghy Angling Association


Replacement of one boat and a trailer for transportation of boat.  The boat will be used on Sessiagh and Purt Loughs and will act as a resource for the Dunfanaghy Angling Association with a view to servicing tourist and domestic anglers.

Lough Keel,
Co. Donegal

Lough Keel – Car Park and Access Improvement


Letterkenny & District Anglers Association


Improving car parking for anglers and access to Lough Keel. Providing better angling facilities which will encourage and attract more local/visiting anglers.

Lough na Toohey, Creeslough,
Co. Donegal




Creeslough Development Plan. Lough na Toohey Angling Access Works.

Creeslough & District Angling Association


Purchase an angling boat to replace boat damaged by storm last winter.  This boat will be used by angling club members and will be utilised for youth angling development initiatives.

Crana River and Fullerton Pollen Dam Fisheries, Buncrana, Co. Donegal

Buncrana Anglers Fisheries Development Plan

Buncrana Anglers Association


The Project is divided into three distinct phases, each of which contributes to the Buncrana Anglers Associations ambitions to develop the standard of fisheries as a tourist destination open to all anglers. Inland Fisheries Ireland will fund a Beat System and Development Works.


Clare River, Co. Galway


Clare River Angling Access Developments


Sean Nestor Cairde na Chlair


Construction of stiles and information signs on the Clare River to improve access to angling.

Greenfield, Headford,
Co. Galway

Greenfield Headford

Headford and Corrib Angling Club


Upgrade to the existing car park, provision of timber fencing, installation of biosecurity station to enable the secure movement of boats and engines and avoid spread of invasive species. 


Clare River, Cregmore
Co. Galway



Cregmore Galway River Clare – Angling Access Improvements

Cregmore Athenry Anglers


Improving access to fishery, especially for elderly anglers. Project will include supply and installation of stiles and upgrades to internal access roads. It also aims to provide parking facilities – this will ensure that angling parking does not block gates to fields which are important access points for farmers.


Owenriff River, The Boathouse, Camp St, Oughterard, Co. Galway


Owenriff River – Resurfacing of Road/Carpark Facility

Oughterard Anglers & Boatmans Association


Resurfacing of road and car park facility and improving access to the Boathouse area and slip. The aim of this project is to provide better access to anglers to the Owenriff River and on to Loch Corrib. The club hopes that this work will provide support to the club’s efforts of encouraging both youth and disabled anglers to use their facilities.

Clifden Glen, Clifden,
Co. Galway


Owenglin River – Walkway  Upgrade

Clifden Trout Anglers Association


Project assessment for comprehensive project which would improve quality and safety of Owenglin River access walkway for anglers and visitors from Clifden Glen to Simon’s Pools.

Corr na Mona Pier,Lough Corrib,
Co. Galway

Lough Corrib Disabled Hoist

Corr and Mona and District Anglers


Currently there is no access for disabled anglers at the very north end of lough Corrib. The project will provide the facilities to cater for anglers with accessibility issues who wish to fish in this area by provided a disabled hoist.

River Feale, Listowel, Co. Kerry

Listowel Town – Access Enhancement

Kerry County Council


Access enhancement for Abled and Disabled Fishing through construction of raised walkways, platforms, wheelchair ramps and pathways.


River Feale, Scartleigh,
Co. Kerry


River Feale – Angling Access

Killocrim Finuge Fishing Club


Replacement of old steel steps to allow safe access to fishing and placement of seats along the riverbank for anglers to rest.


Cloonaughlin, Co. Kerry


Cloonaughlin Lake, Waterville


Waterville Lakes and Rivers Trust




Repair access road to Cloonaughlin Lake, Kerry which will allow continued access of anglers to angling boats.

River Lee,  Tralee, Co. Kerry


River Lee, Tralee – Selective Pruning

Inland Fisheries Ireland


Clearance of mature trees along two sections of the River Lee, to allow angling and light into tunnelled channel.  Also fencing to be erected once work completed.  Currently the channel is over grown with mature trees, and not viable for angling access. Anglers are restricted to tidal areas due to this.


Blackhall, Clane,
Co. Kildare


River Liffey At Blackhall Clane – Angling Styles

Dublin Trout Anglers Association


This project will see the provision of three new fishing styles to allow for angling access. The styles will make this fishery more accessible and attractive with this additional infrastructure.

River Nore, Threecastles, Freshford Rd, Co.  Kilkenny

River Nore Angling Access

Kilkenny City & County Anglers, the Rock Bar


Improved access to River Nore for local community, angling club members and visitors. Provision of entrance stiles adjacent to existing gated entrance.  Provision of stands seating and stiles along river bank. Clearance and upgrading of pathways to and by river.

Mountmelick, Co. Laois


Improving access at
Owenass River, Mountmellick


Mountmellick Angling and Conservation Club


To construct a 180 meter walkway along the Owenass River in Mountmelick with fencing  and to clear vegetation to improve angling access.

Lareen and Rosfriar Town, Kinlough,
Co. Leitrim


Drowns Fisheries Angling Walkways

Shane (John) Gallagher, Drowes Salmon Fishery


Replacement and repair of existing angling walkways on River Drowes. The existing walkways date from 1980s and are in need of being replaced. They were severely damaged during the unprecedented floods during the winter of 2015/2016. The project aims to provide access to angling on the left bank of the river Drowes at Lareen and Rosfriar townlands.


Lough Allen, Co. Leitrim


Herns Shore Lough Allen – Improve Access Road

Carrick on Shannon Angling Festival


Herns Shore Lough Allen is a match fishing venue for local and visitor anglers. This project will improve the existing access roadway and path and provide one stile to allow access from carpark.

Bonet River, Community Park,               Co. Leitrim


Upgrading fencing and improving access to local angling community at Bonet River

Dromahair Anglers Association


Upgrading fencing and gate to provide access to Bonet River while protecting the land and livestock from any impact from visitors. Clearance of undergrowth along half a mile stretch of the river where currently angling is very difficult.

Lough Rowan, Lauragh, Fenagh,           Co. Leitrim

Lough Rowan – Angling Boat and Trailer

Rinn Shannon and District Angling Club (RSDAC)



This project will, through the provision of safe, suitable and sustainable infrastructure, improve the impact of the club’s angling activities.  It includes the provision of an angling boat and trailer to improve access to club waters for education / youth groups and tourist anglers.


Lough Allen,  Co. Leitrim

Lough Allen angling access road upgrade and stiles

Sheemore Angling Club


Upgrade to angling access road to Lough Allen which is used by both tourist and local anglers alike. Provision of two stiles to allow access from car park to the lake.


Curragh Car Park, River Moy,               Co. Mayo

River Moy – Curragh Car Park Upgrade


Knockmore Salmon Anglers


Upgrade existing Curragh car park at popular angling spot along River Moy for local and visiting anglers.

East Mayo Anglers Waters Bohola/Straide,
Co. Mayo


River Moy – Angling Access

East Mayo Anglers Association


To improve access and safety for anglers through provision of new stiles and footbridges at specific angling pools.


Cuilbaun, Tawnaghbeg, Straide, Foxford,          Co. Mayo


Accessible Angling on River Moy

East Mayo Anglers Association


Inland Fisheries Ireland is part funding a large project aimed at providing disabled anglers access to the River Moy. Construction of 75 metres of boardwalk on the River Moy plus access ramps and railings to allow disabled anglers using wheelchairs to access the river. An access roadway, parking area and changing facilities will also be provided.

Mentrim Lake, Aclare,
Co. Meath


Mentrim Lake – Improved Angling Access

Mentrim & District Anglers Community Organisation


Project to make lake accessible to anglers and wider community by providing more fishing areas, installing fishing stands, upgrading and expanding the car park, improving the entrance from the main road, clearing the walking area, bridging drains and providing start up fishing courses for all types of fishing and anglers of all ages.

Lough More Greagh Emyvale,
Co. Monaghan

Lough More Greagh Emyvale – enable easier angling access

Lough Moore and Blackwater Anglers Association


Install iron devices on boat dock to enable anglers to get in and out of boat. In particular, the devices should allow older anglers to grip them and lower themselves into boat or lever themselves upwards when disembarking the boat.


Bairds Shore and Kilroosky,
Clones,  Co. Monaghan


Bairds Shore Access Road and Kilroosky Parking Area

Monaghan County Council


Resurfacing and pruning along Bairds Shore Access Road which is currently in poor condition , construction of new car parking area at Kilroosky and installation of 13 new signs throughout the district of Ballybay-Clones to direct anglers to lakes and fishing stands in the area.


Brosna, Co. Offaly

Little Brosna – Angling Access Works

Roscrea and District Angling Club


Improving angling access to the River Brosna to include pruning and provision of new stiles.

Castlecoote Village, Co. Roscommon.

Stoneham’s (Linn Ban) Lake Angling Access Infrastructure Development


Suck Valley Development Co-Operative Society Ltd


Redevelopment of old angling infrastructure that had to be removed due to poor condition. This will include provision of 30 metres of additional angling platform with a view to attracting match angling complete with non-slip decking boards and low railing.


Emlaghroyan, Co. Roscommon


Corcoran’s – Access Path to Angling Pegs


Suck Valley Development Co-Operative Society Ltd


Provide a path to access new fishing pegs by foot. When this facility is completed, it will complement the 31 fishing peg section at Ballinapark and thus provide an ideal location for Fishing Festivals and Competitions.

 River Easkey, Dromore
Co. Sligo

River Easkey Development Project (Phase One) 

River Easkey Angling Association


The Easkey River is an excellent game fishery in West Sligo. Inland Fisheries Ireland is part funding this project which aims to improve access to the river along 10 kilometres of river bank. It will include the following structures to provide easy access for those looking to fish: 
ordinary stiles, ladder stiles, drain crossing/footbridges,  walkways, rail fencing, and gates.

Stephen Street Car Park, Co. Sligo

Angling access to Garavogue River, Sligo Town

Sligo County Council / Sligo BID Co / Garavogue Salmon Festival Group


The project aims to improve angling access and enhance the economic and recreational benefit of angling within urban area as a result. This includes the  provision of an access platform and steps which will allow for safe and easy access to the Garavogue River in Sligo Town for anglers.  The access platform will also double as a disabled friendly angling stand.

Glencor Lake,
Co. Sligo

Sligo Anglers Association Fisheries – Angling Boat and Transportation Trailer

Sligo Anglers Association Fisheries


Purchase of one lake boat and one boat trailer to accommodate angling tourists and club members associated with the fisheries.


River Suir (north bank between Clonmel & Carrick-on-Suir), Co. Tipperary

River Suir Angling Access Improvements

Tipperary County Council (Roads Section)


Improving angling facilities between Clonmel and Carrick-On-Suir to improve access for all anglers. This will include the upgrade of car parking, turning over and laneway upgrade on outskirts of Carrick on Suir.

River Suir,
Co. Tipperary



River Suir Kilsheelin Angling Access Project

Clonmel & District Salmon and Trout Anglers Association


Installation of ladders and stile for access to River Suir at Kilsheelin.

Carrigvantry and Knockadeery Reservoirs, Co. Waterford

Carrigvantry and Knockaderry Reservoirs Angling Access

Waterford City and County Trout Anglers Association


Purchase of disability / wheelchair angling boat in Knockaderry to complete the development of facility as wheelchair accessible. The development already has disability parking, toilet and pathway at the harbour. 

Belle Lake,  Co. Waterford

Belle Lake Disinfectant Station and Boat Project

Belle Lake Pike Angling Club


Construction of an easy access disinfectant station for angling gear and equipment entering the lake plus purchase of landing nets, unhooking mats and pike care equipment.  Signage will also be provided to build awareness of invasive species in Waterford Angling Community and guidelines provided to each club member. The aim of the project is to prevent the spread of invasive species.


Ballygeary, Rosslare Harbour,
Co. Wexford

Rosslare Harbour Lagoon Development,

Community Development Group


Lagoon development at Rosslare Harbour to improve or replace existing ageing fishing platforms for use by local anglers and to allow boat hire by angling tourists. 


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