FIPSed 6th World Feeder Fishing Championship for Clubs, Lough Muckno
The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland NCFFI, awarded the honour of hosting the 6th edition of this event by the Fédéracion International de la Pêche Sportive, is pleased to be working with Monaghan County Council and the local community to bring to Lough Muckno its first world class angling event. The destination for the championships is Lough Muckno freshwater lake, located in County Monaghan, adjacent to the town of Castleblayney. Set in 900 acres of scenic parkland, the venue is truly a world class angling facility.
The NCFFI first hosted the European Championships on Lough Muckno in 1998. The area is since renowned for its fishing festivals and warm hospitality, and the lake has been sympathetically developed to offer “parking at your peg” across several locations. This fine angling facility has recently been enhanced with investment from Monaghan County Council under the Outdoor Recreation Scheme, ORIS, supported by the Lough Muckno Festivals Committee. The competition will be staged along various sections of Lough Muckno, including Black & White Islands and Concra Wood. The NCFFI would like to express sincere gratitude to Coillte and the Concra Wood Golf Club for providing the use of their respective shoreline facilities. The town of Castleblayney will welcome twenty-eight teams representing seventeen visiting nations to the area, providing a welcome boost to the local economy and angling tourism.
Chair of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District, Aidan Campbell says: “Monaghan has fantastic potential as a destination for angling tourism, boasting superb venues such as Lough Muckno, as well as excellent hospitality. Monaghan County Council is delighted to support this international festival and to welcome visiting anglers and their support teams to this beautiful part of Ireland and particularly to the town of Castleblayney. He continued, “We would encourage the local community to come out to welcome the anglers in force at the Parade of Nations, a colourful affair to welcome the teams in procession as they make their way along the main street to the Íontas Arts, Theatre & Community Centre at 6pm.”
Event organiser Jack Tisdall, NCFFI Chair says: “The NCFFI is pleased to bring the first world championships to Lough Muckno. This is the ultimate competition for club teams fishing the feeder discipline as we showcase the local angling product to club anglers worldwide to whom the Irish angling scene appeals. What’s more the federation is delighted to present its two top club feeder teams at the Championships. Both the Cavan-Monaghan Feeder and Lurgan Coarse Angling Clubs both frequently fish on the venue and will present a healthy challenge to the visiting club teams. Please come along to give them your support as they go for gold”.
The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland are appealing to members of all communities for their help in stewarding the event with 100 volunteers are required. If you are available from 8.30 to 3pm on the Saturday and Sunday, or both and would like to get involved please visit www.ncffi.ie/world-clubs-2023 for more details and to register on-line.
Teams will train on the venue from Monday 17th to Friday 21st of April 2023 ahead of the Parade of Nations on Thursday 20th of April where the Chair of Carrickmacross-Castleblayney Municipal District will ceremoniously receive the flags from the teams and the championships will be declared open by representatives of FIPSed Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce. The competition will be played out on Saturday & Sunday 22nd & 23rd of April from 10am to 3pm, finishing with a closing ceremony at the Íontas Arts, Theatre & Community Centre followed by a Gala Dinner at the Glencarn Hotel. Angling enthusiasts will be delighted with the opportunity to watch top anglers in action on the bank, such as England’s Steve Ringer and Hungary’s Tamas Walter and the current world club champions, JWP Waterservice from the Netherlands.
A full programme is available online at the dedicated event website www. ncffi.ie/world-clubs-2023
The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland, governing body for coarse and predator angling sport has been representing anglers for over 60 years. As the only recognised body for International Freshwater angling on the island of Ireland are honoured to host the championships and proudly present our qualifying clubs.
Cavan-Monaghan Lakelands Feeder Club
James O’Doherty, Steven Whyte, Michael Buchwalder, Rimantas Kondrackas, Darren Fairhurst, Robertas Ziliatis, Brenton Sweeney, Paul Leese, Adrian Van Der Heever
Lurgan Coarse Angling Club
Johnny McKinley, Philip Jackson, Jim McAllister, David Herron, Kevin Maguire, Johnny Keith, Geoffrey McKinley, Philip Hartin, Steve Wright