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Angling

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Angling

The 1000km inland waterway network is a trove of angling experiences. Whether the angler is looking for a day's fishing on the canals on the outward or return journey to the west of Ireland or for a week's match fishing on the Erne or Shannon there are plenty of opportunities.

Game and primarily coarse fishing are enjoyed on the waterway network to varying degrees depending on the waterway. With multiple free access points for launching boats and an angling competition on nearly every week of the year, angling in Ireland is one of the most practised sports and recreational activity on the island.



 
 
 
 
On each waterway different authorities manage the angling. Information about the opportunities are best found on their sites which are listed below.
 
WaterwayFisheryAgencyLink
Erne SystemCoarse & GameDCAL Inland Fisherieshttp://www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling/
Lower BannGame The Honorable the Irish Societywww.honourableirishsociety.org.uk
Lower BannCoarseDCAL Inland Fisherieshttp://www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling/
Shannon NavigationCoarseInland Fisheries Irelandwww.fishinginireland.info
 
 
Permit and licenses are needed to fish on both the Erne System and the Lower Bann. For information on these check out http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/angling-licences-and-permits. Game angling on the Lower Bann is privately owned. Rods must be pre-booked and a fee paid.
 
Waterways Ireland owns the fisheries on the Barrow Navigation, Grand Canal, Royal Canal, Barrow Navigation and Shannon-Erne Waterway. Inland Fisheries Ireland manages the fisheries under contract to Waterways Ireland and has facilitated the compilation of information on the angling hotspots on each waterway.
 
 
Something Fishy is Inland Fisheries Ireland's education programme aimed at fifth and sixth classes in Primary School. The aim of Something Fishy is to inform and educate students on water quality, fish, the environment and angling. Please visit Something Fishy's website for full information.
 

 
 
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Barrow Navigation

​​​​​Winding its way through peaceful woods, fertile valleys and picturesque villages the Barrow is fully navigable for 68km from Athy to St. Mullins. A significant canalised waterway right up to the 1950’s the Barrow’s industrial past saw commercial barges carrying consignments of barley to the Guinness Brewery in Dublin and later, supplying beet to Ireland’s first sugar factory at Carlow.

Erne System

​The Erne System has its share of dramatic landscapes and historical treasures; the monastic round tower at Devenish Island rising up from the Lough, the ruined remains of Tully Castle, the picture postcard image of Enniskillen’s medieval castle on the edge of its island banks and the National Trust’s Castle Coole and Crom Estate all compete for your attention.

Grand Canal

​Built amid the 18th-century canal fever that swept across Ireland, the 144km Grand Canal stretches across the country from Dublin to the Shannon.

Lower Bann Navigation

​The Lower Bann is navigable from Lough Neagh to the sea at the Barmouth between Castlerock and Portstewart Strand.

Royal Canal

​The Royal Canal, on its 146km journey from the River Liffey in Dublin to the Shannon, passes 46 working locks, 10 of them double-chambered.

Shannon Erne Waterway

​Running between Leitrim Village and just north of Belturbet, the Shannon-Erne Waterway links the two great waterways on the island, the Erne System and the Shannon Navigation.

Shannon Navigation

​The Shannon is a treasure waiting to be discovered. The longest river in Ireland, the River Shannon and its lakes are a bustling, colourful navigation.​

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