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Friday 20 October 2017

Fishermen to get Rolls Royce spots in Rosslare Harbour lagoon

By David Tucker

Bernie Mullins at the Lagoon in Rosslare Harbour.
Bernie Mullins at the Lagoon in Rosslare Harbour.

FISHERMAN and other members of the community in Rosslare Harbour are to get some Rolls Royce fishing spots thanks to the efforts of local capaigner Bernie Mullen.

Late last year it was announced that €5,000 had been awarded by Inland Fisheries for a revamp of ageing fishing platforms in the lagoon.

Now, Bernie, the chair of the Kilrane Rosslare TOPS group, has secured another €5,000 from the IPB Insurance's community fund which will cover the cost of a portico and seating area to enable people to watch the fishermen in action or just to take some take out.

'I'm talking to the men's shed and the scouts and would like to get all the local groups on board,' said Bernie.

'It's a perfect spot to watch people fishing and to make it more accessible to the community for things like crab fishing and the blessing of the boats,' she said.

Bernie said the IPB funding would come in two equal tranches.

'As soons as the first tranche comes in I'm going to find a local builder to build the portico.'

The first €5,000 awarded to the project to refurbish the platforms was one of 50 angling development projects across the country receiving support from Inland Fisheries Ireland to the value of €500,000 in total as part of its Capital Works Fund.

The Community Development Group's application 'Rosslare Harbour Lagoon Development' funding will be used to improve the fishing platforms at Rosslare Harbour for use by local anglers and to allow for boat hire by angling tourists. Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: 'The demand for improvements in angling access and development is evident. Rural communities across Ireland are engaged with angling and recognise the value of the fisheries resource.'

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