Agenda item

Angling Fair 2019


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. 


                        The Committee


Recommended       that Council notes the                                                       contents of the above report                                          and approves the location of                                        the event for 2019.


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