Gweebarra Injunction Update Dec 21st 2012

Statement of the Donegal Game Angling Federation (DGAF)on behalf of the Rosses Anglers Association and Fintown Anglers.

The DGAF would like to make clear the following points in relation to the latest update in the Laffoy Judgement

1. We welcome the Court's acknowledgement that its findings at this stage merely allows the Fishery Board to regulate a small portion only of the Gweebarra Fishery

2. While the court accepted that the Fishery Board by reason of a departmental letter of 15th June 2012 now had authority to manage parts of the fishery the court went on to note that it was not deciding whether the board had that sufficient legal interest when these proceedings were these proceedings were commenced and injunctions sought in 2009

3. The Defendants wish to highlight that it was only in the course of the current hearing that the Fishery Board admitted that it had no right to control angling on the Estuary or Loch Barra, notwithstanding up until that day of the hearing they were insisting that permits were required. It appears that Board members were never informed of this fact.

4. The management plan as adopted by the Board in 2007 appears to be in complete disarray and without proper legal foundation.

5.  The Defendants welcome the courts recommendation that what appeared to the Court to be a local dispute should be resolved by local agreement. The Defendants are willing to engage in any new process to resolve this matter in the interests of the local community

6. The Defendants are disappointed that the court has not accepted a right to fish can be established by the long user.

Yours Faithfully

Notice to all Visiting Anglers

Angling friends - at present we are in the middle of a campaign to preserve our historical fishing rights on the Gweebarra River for the present generation and the generations to come. This campaign is ongoing at present and we are looking for your support in refraining from fishing the river until such time that it is resolved. If you contact any member of the club or committee we can arrange alternative fishing on another of our waters in compensation. Your support reflects true solidarity in our efforts to limit the rise of commercialism that is becoming so apparent in the fishing world of today - Tight Lines

Iascaireacht na Rosann, The Rosses Fishery
Céad míle fáilte, Welcome

The Rosses Fishery which is controlled by the Rosses Anglers Association is set in arguably the most rugged and beautiful part of Ireland. The fishery is set in the North West of the county of Donegal and comprises over 120 lakes.
Dungloe (An Clochan Liath) is the capital of the Rosses area and forms the focal point from which the many local and visiting anglers set out for an enjoyable days fishing. The angler has not only a wide range of waters to fish but also a wide choice of trout and salmon fishing. For the traditional angler that enjoys nothing better than the hard fighting native brown trout and sea trout then you truly have come to a paradise on earth. For the angler that is attracted to stocked trout fishing then the club has an excellent new Rainbow Fishery Lough Waskel. The lough is stocked with Triploid Rainbows with an average weight of 2.5 lbs and as large as 12lbs weight and these are undoubtedly the strongest pound for pound fish ever encountered. Last but not least the fishery contains some excellent rivers and lakes known for their large runs of Atlantic salmon. Apart from game fishing, deep sea angling or rock fishing is very popular and very plentiful.
To leave the story here would be doing an injustice to the many other attractions in this jewel of the North West. Between fishing trips our visitors avail of the many picturesque drives along the coast and inland to such places as Cruit, Arlands, Carrickfinn and Dooey. The Falcorrib coast road in particular provides lovely views of islands such as Arranmore, Roninish, Iniskeragh and Rutland. Throw into this mix the Maghery scenic road and we can guarantee you will not be disappointed. The Rosses is blessed with an abundance of many beautiful sandy beaches that are unspoilt and kept as nature intended.The area also caters for pony trekking, moorland walking and hill climbing.
If you are a student of early history you will be extremely interested in visiting Dooey and Carrickfinn where remains from the pre-Christian era were discovered. . Early monastic establishments such as St Crone's monastery, Cill Bhride and St Dubhthac's Well still remain as places of veneration and pilgrimage. Following the Plantation of 1609, Rutland Island was the social and fashion centre of the Rosses. However Cromwellian soldiers slaughtered the entire population of Arranmore Island in 1653 and later the Famine took its toll of the Rosses people. Many relics of the Penal Days still exist today including Mass Rocks at Carrickfinn, Kincasslagh, Sheskinarone and Cleendara and the Cave exploring enthusiast will find much of interest in the indented coast. For your stay the area has an abundance of excellent accommodation, Hotels, Guest Houses, Farmhouses with a high standard of food and hygiene and at very reasonable rates.
After a days fishing or partaking in the many activities above the day wouldn't be complete without sampling the unique atmosphere of a variety of excellent pubs and hotels. The old way of life still flourishes ranging from Traditional Music to Ceili Dancing and allied to an area known for a very welcoming and friendly people we are sure your first trip to the Rosses will not be your last.
Cumann Iascairi Na Rosann 
                    Rosses Anglers Association