The European Freshwater fishing Championships for 2012 will be held at Lough Muckno in Castleblaney Co Monaghan Ireland.
The National police force of An Garda Siochana will host the event with the assistance of local clubs Lough Muckno Coarse angling club along with South Armagh and Dist League. It will be conducted under the patronage of the governing body of the IADA and under the direction of Inland Fisheries Ireland the national statutory body responsible for the excellent condition of coarse angling in Ireland.
Inland Fisheries Ireland staff headed by David Byrne and local officer Liam Murray are already committed and helping us to host this event along with Monaghan County Council personnel in all departments including the tourism section headed by Dympna Condra.
The event will be staged on three main, newly developed sections at Black/yellow Island, White Island and Concra Wood over two competition days 5th and 6th th October 2012.
The practice days will commence Sunday 30th September 2012 and will conclude Thursday 4th October 2012 on which date all competitors must attend practice finishing at 3pm.
This is a prolific venue with vast quantities of Roach, Perch, Skimmers, hybrids and Bream to be found on all of the stretches.
All stretches fulfil the CIPS criteria with regard to internationally required dimensions and the average depth at 13 metres, ranges from 2m to 5m in depth.
With twenty plus 5 man teams of police from all over Europe expected to be in attendance along with additional support personnel the event should prove to be a timely boost for tourism revenue in the local area and the support from the local council members and staff, the guest house owners and service providers is assured.
A full range of accommodation types are available, from self catering to wonderful guesthouses and local friendly hotels.
Castleblaney is a small rural town by Irish standards with excellent services in the area of dining and entertainment. The larger centres of interest close by are Carrickmacross, Monaghan town and Dundalk each only 15 minutes by car and are certainly worth a visit from a shopping and tourist perspective.
An appropriate level of security will be provided by An Garda Siochana throughout the entire week and everybody should feel free to enjoy the event and the experience of fishing in Ireland the true home of Coarse Angling in Europe.
The organising committee would like to extend to everybody travelling to the event in any capacity, a truly warm Irish Cead Mile Failte.
A Hundred Thousand Welcomes.