National Angling Event, Lucan
Irish Wheelchair Association in partnership with Waterways Ireland host National Angling Event
Irish Wheelchair Association (IWA) in partnership with Waterways Ireland hosted a national angling competition on Thursday 5th September 2013. Over 100 anglers competed in the shore based fishing event, which took place at the 12th Lock, Grand Canal, Newcastle Road in Lucan, Co Dublin.
The event which is now in its ninth year has grown in popularity due to the ideal location for fishing, which also has safe access for people with physical and sensory disabilities, and a secure waters-edge suitable for wheelchairs. The past nine events have seen anglers travel from all over Ireland to participate in the competition, which is now a regular fixture on the angling calendar.
The Irish Wheelchair Association aims to provide opportunities and support services to people with disabilities so that they can lead full, active and independent lives in their own communities. The services available from the Resource and Outreach Centres located in every county in Ireland can be for social, educational or training purposes.
Janet Healy, Irish Wheelchair Association, Senior Programme Assistant, Lucan explained:
Fishing is a very popular recreational activity amongst members of the Association. Our National Holiday Centre, Cuisle run weekly fishing trips and excursions along the River Suck and it was felt that the 12th Lock was an ideal location to host a local competitive fishing event. Fishing is an ideal sporting and recreational activity for people with physical and sensory disabilities as it presents less barriers and more opportunities.
Support from Sponsors
As the main sponsor of the event Waterways Ireland continues to support the work of Irish Wheelchair Association, who regularly bring their members to the canal not only for angling but to appreciate its beauty and to use the waterways and towpaths for recreational activities.
With assistance from the Inland Regional Fisheries Board, and Goldfish Angling, participants had the opportunity to showcase their angling skills and compete for prizes. The angling competition was opened by Manus Tiernan and Damien McWeeney of Waterways Ireland, along with Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries.
Lucan Pitch and Putt Club kindly provided the Irish Wheelchair Association with the use of their clubhouse for the competition which is fully accessible.