Inniscarra Reservoir is welcoming competitive fishing teams from all over the world as it hosts the World Youth Angling Championships this weekend.
Forty-four teams of five with some 200 anglers representing 14 different countries in the competition. A parade of nations took place yesterday evening through the village of Coachford with the opening ceremony and speeches held at the local community hall.
The potential economic impact is estimated at €1.5million for the wider area. Inniscarra is currently the only angling facility in Ireland capable of hosting large coarse angling events and there is strong potential for further world angling events to be held in Inniscarra in the future.
Over 5,000 bed nights are thought to be generated for the region off the back of the tournament.
Part of the tournament will include Coachford Greenway, a 2.8km linear park in the form of a walkway. Cork County Council announced in April that an extra €150,000 is to be used to upgrade the Greenway to help achieve Sport Ireland National Trails status.
The event - featuring competitions for youths under 15, 20 and 25 - is supported by County Council, regulated by Federation Internationale de Peche Sportive eau douce (FIPSed) and endorsed by the Angling Council of Ireland, while being hosted by the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland.
Coachford has a track record in hosting such competitions, having been the venue for the Feeder World Championships in 2014.