Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has secured funding of €31,450 to develop part of the Gweebara River Valley in Donegal in partnership with Gweebara Fishing Club and Donegal Local Development Company.
The proposed project includes extension of an existing designated wheelchair accessible path for anglers and trail walkers along the valley with funding awarded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs as part of the Government’s programme to support rural development.
The existing infrastructure at the site includes a disabled angling facility immediately downstream of Doochary Village along with a gravelled walkway and several footbridges and stiles.
Gweebara Fishing Club has recently purchased/leased a considerable area of land adjoining the river in the Doochary area and plans an extension from the end of the disabled section to a nearby bridge to allow for improved river bank access. The plan will link all the walkways and structures along the river, improving the existing angling infrastructure and forming a number of scenic and accessible walks in the area.
The funding for the development project along the Gweebara River is one of eight projects for which Inland Fisheries Ireland received funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs. In total, €536,886 was awarded to develop key angling projects in rural areas.
Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “Inland Fisheries Ireland is delighted to secure this funding for the development of this project in Donegal which along with the other seven initiatives will play an important role in creating a world class fisheries resource which will have significant benefits for rural communities. The fisheries resource in Ireland is extensive and investment is vital to ensure its ongoing protection, conservation and development.
I would like to thank the communities involved for their commitment to the proposed projects to date. We look forward to working closely with these communities and local representative groups as we grow their unique angling offering.”