PRESTIGIOUS COARSE ANGLING EVENT PROMISES SIGNIFICANT BOOST FOR MONAGHAN TOURISM

24 February 2012 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The economic and tourism benefits that will flow for the Monaghan area from the securing of an international pike fishing event to take place later this year were outlined by a three-member delegation from coarse angling interests who addressed Monday night’s meeting of Monaghan Town Council.
Lakes and rivers in and around Monaghan will form the battleground for the 21st Ireland vs Britain Team Challenge being run jointly by the Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs and the British Pike Squad.
An attendance of between 60 and 100 visitors, comprising competing anglers and team officials with their supporters and a group of journalists from the international angling press, is anticipated for the five days of the October event, which will include practice session and two days of competitive fishing, Godfrey Donohoe told Monday’s Council meeting.
Irish Federation Secretary Brian Byrne from St Macartan’s Terrace, one of the key figures in bringing the event to Monaghan, described the town’s hosting of the match as a major coup.
“It will bring and sustain employment, and with good hospitality from the town and the support of Monaghan Town Council the event will enhance further return business,” he stated.
Mr Donohoe pointed out that anglers who had attended previous team challenges held in the UK and Ireland had always returned to the venues subsequently as they had enjoyed both the good fishing there and the welcome they had received.
Competition Organiser Sean Markey said there were a lot of fantastic waters around the Monaghan area and he was confident that local lakes and rivers would be …

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