Monday 8th June 2015: Kilmallock/Kilfinane Angling Club have begun an exciting new programme with the support of Limerick City and County Council to encourage and develop the next generation of fly anglers on the River Loobagh.
Kilmallock/Kilfinane Angling Club have begun an exciting new programme with the support of Limerick City and County Council to encourage and develop the next generation of fly anglers on the River Loobagh.
Since April this year, the club has been hosting a “Juvenile Wednesday” where youngsters are encouraged to come along to the club and learn the art of fly fishing. Tuition is given by senior members of the club including club chairman Mr. Eamon O’Riordan.
In support of this initiative, Councillors Eddie Ryan, Michael Donegan, Gerald Mitchell and Brigid Teefy from the Kilmallock-Cappamore Municipal District presented the club with nine sets of fly fishing tackle at their training night in the riverside park, Kilmallock on Wednesday last 3rd June. The tackle was supplied at cost by John Quain of the Anglers Curse Tackle Shop, Main Street, Croom.
The councillors said they were delighted to support the initiative and to see so many young people taking up this wonderful pastime.
“This is one of a number of initiatives which Limerick City and County Council is supporting on the River Loobagh to raise awareness of the biodiversity and value of the river and to develop the potential of the river as thriving fishery,” said Cllr Eddie Ryan. “These initiatives include the recent Streamscapes education programme and an up coming project to improve the river habitat which will be carried out in partnership between the Council, Anglers and Inland Fisheries Ireland.”
Local councillors with participants in the Kilmallock/Kilfinane Angling Club Kids Programme
Mr. Eamon O’Riordan thanked the Council and gave a heartfelt account of his own lifelong love of fishing which started with a rod obtained with Greenshield Stamps many years ago.“I am delighted to see the next generation of fly fishers coming through”, said Mr. O’Riordan. “Once you catch your first fish” he warned the youngsters, “you’ll be hooked for life”.
Mr O Riordan also paid tribute to the Environment Section, Limerick City and County Council, for their dedication and commitment to the County’s rivers.
He thanked the Environment Section for being available at the end of a phone, day or night, in the event of a pollution incident. He added that the club are looking forward to working with the Council and Inland Fisheries Ireland in future development works which will enhance the river and enable it to achieve its full potential.