Drumstrand Community Partnership Company participated in a project which brought men from migrant and ethnic minorities l together to learn about the local fishing techniques, rules and regulations.
The aim of the project was to develop their fishing skills and also to reduce the isolation.
The Project was initiated by County Leitrim PEACE III Partnership through Mr Paul Kirkpatrick and managed by Special EU Programmes Body at the Lough Allen Centre, Drumshanbo.
The project, which ran over the Summer, has now completed. As a result of the project the participants now have a better understanding of the fishing culture in Co Leitrim and how to become more involved with the Lough Allen Conservation Association, the local angling club (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Participants have also improved their fishing skills through instruction from the local club tutors and Geoff Cooper, an English angler living in Ireland for 20 years and his Fishing for All website - www.fishingforall.com
The men who took part learned where and how to fish locally for trout and pike and also learned coarse angling and the skills necessary for each discipline.
They also interacted with other fishermen and built friendships throughout the duration of this unique programme.
This project encouraged the men to engage in more fishing activities in the local community of Lough Allen and, through doing this, helped them integrate more fully into the community.
Sean Wynne Secretary of Lough Allen Angling club told the Leitrim Observer “We are delighted by the response from minority communities who got involved in this project and Toni Ogle who coordinated the project.
“While we realise that it was challenging to have the time and space to plan fishing activities over weekends ultimately, the results may provide improved collaboration and better understanding between all concerned”.