The Head of Culture presented the above report details of which had been
previously circulated to Members. The purpose of the report was to provide
Members with an evaluation of the North West Angling Fair 2019 and to
present options for the event moving forward.
Councillor Kelly welcomed the report. He acknowledged the difficulty that the
inclement weather had caused at the Derg site in Castlederg during the event
held in April 2019, that resulted in the relocation to the St Eugene’s GAA pitch.
Notwithstanding that he would however support the relocation of the event in
2020 to Melvin Sports Complex and the outreach programmes in Castlederg
andNewtownstewart prior to the event. He further queried if there was any
scope to engage with DAERA in terms of funding availability towards the
Councillor McCann also welcomed the report. He referred to the need to
develop angling as a tourism attraction and to encourage clean waterways
throughout the District and North West. He referred to former celebrity
singer turned environmental campaigner Feargal Sharkey, who was a keen fly-
fisherman and had raised awareness of environmental issues and river
pollution in particular and supported the River Faughan Anglers campaign and
suggested that he be used as part of the promotional campaign for the event.
Alderman Devenney also welcomed the report. He referred to the locations of
the outreach programmes and suggested that Plumbridge be considered.
Councillor J Barr concurred with previous speakers remarks in relation to the
The Head of Culture thanked the Members for their support with the move of
location of the Angling Fair 2020 to Strabane. She assured them that all
relevant locations were explored to facilitate the outreach programmes and
Castlederg and Newtownstewart were deemed the most suitable to attract a
wider rural benefit in the run up to the event.
Recommended that Council notes the contents of the above report and approves the location of the event for 2019.