New Angling website launched.

Mullingar and its surrounds has traditionally been an important centre for angling because of the abundance of lake and river fishing, the wide variety of suitable accommodation in its vicinity and easy access and proximity to Dublin. However, in recent years and even over the past two decades there has been a big fall off in angling visitors.

Pictured at launch of the Lake County Angling network were:  Front row  L to R: Paddy Corcoran, Director, Westmeath Community Development, Neil Faulkner, Aisling Consulting; Orla Duncan Cookie Web Consulting; Dermot Leavy Chairman, Westmeath Community Development and Bernie Leavy Rural Development Programme Project Officer ,Westmeath Community Development. Back row L to R: Gerry Cleary, Paul Smith, Multyfarnham; Tom McCormack, Margaret McCormack, McCormack’s B&B, John Feerick, Rathowen, Jim Denby, Shelmalier House Athlone, Paul Fox, Inny B&B, Peter Ganley Lilliput Boat Hire, Oliver Gaffey, Bloomfield House Hotel, Aideen Ginnell Martin Ginnell, Lough Owel Lodge, Dermot Broughan Inland Fisheries Ireland, Owen Egan Carnakill Cottages, Killinure, Mick Flanagan Midland Angling.

In recognising the potential of the Angling sector to generate revenue for Rural Tourism providers in the county, Westmeath Community Development (WCD) through the Rural Development LEADER Programme contracted Neil Faulkner of Aisling Consulting to undertake a Programme of work with the Angling sector in Westmeath.  

Rural Tourism Businesses interested in Tourism Angling in Westmeath were contacted to ascertain their level of interest in becoming involved in establishing an Angling network. Over twenty tourism businesses from around Westmeath have been represented at various meetings that have taken place. They include representatives from the accommodation & food sector, boat hire operators and ghillies. These Angling businesses in Westmeath have recently formed Lake County Angling Network. The Network aims to ensure that the angling tourist experiences excellent fishing and hospitality thus making their angling experience more enjoyable which will assist in attracting more tourist anglers to Westmeath.

Key actions that have already taken place include training around product knowledge and angling regulations for staff, developing of information on tourism angling and training around packaging the angling product.  

A major undertaking for the Network is the development of a new website which will be a valuable resource for Anglers interested in visiting Westmeath, the launch of which took place on Thursday, 10th January 2013 in the Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar. Speaking at the launch was Dermot Leavy, chairman of Westmeath Community Development “we are delighted to have been able to assist rural tourism businesses in Westmeath to bring this project to fruition”. “Westmeath has a long standing tradition with Angling and we hopeful that through the commitment of those involved in the network the numbers of visiting anglers will increase”.  All the relevant information including details on all the angling waters, where to stay as well as other pertinent details required by visiting anglers is available on www.lakecountyangling.ie

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