Clare Lakelands festival
The stunning Kilgory Lake near Tulla, Co. Clare

New East Clare lakelands festival a success

  27th September 2018

One of Ireland’s newest and most promising angling events, the Clare Lakelands Angling Festival, took place this August and has been widely acclaimed. Organised by the Munster Coarse Anglers club in association with Fishing Tackle Ireland, Ennis, the 3-day event was held on both Doon and Kilgory lakes. Some very impressive catches were shared across the 18 anglers which included Irish international Cathal Hughes, who won the event with just over 50kg overall. Second was Ewan Weed from Co. Fermanagh with 34.130kg while 3rd was Chris Simpson, Co. Down with 29.455kg. Catches were made of bream, roach, rudd, hybrids, perch and tench.

cathal hughes
Winner of the inaugural Clare Lakelands Festival, Cathal Hughes, who landed over 50kg during the event

The hope of this new festival, the brainchild of tackle dealer Florian Peter, is to showcase the wealth and quality of fishing still available in east Clare and to help regenerate local angling tourism. Florian told us “There has been an absence of match festivals in Clare for the past 20-25 years. This is despite having some incredible fishing available, particularly in east Clare. We have a huge amount of very good lakes with not many anglers fishing them so I decided that holding a few festivals would be a good way to highlight the potential of the area”.

The inaugural event was so well received that a 30-peg, 2-day open event has been scheduled for this October 13-14th and plans are already in place for a second, bigger festival in 2019. For more details contact Florian Peter on 087-2595559