East Mayo Angles are in the privileged position to be able to offer a disabled facility set in the community of Straide, a facility available to anglers from far and wide. The opening of the East Mayo Anglers Association disabled Anglers Facility on the River Moy, took place on Friday 29th March. The initial concept for this facility was spawned as far back as 2007. The Committee of the time showed great foresight and vision in proposing such a facility.
In 2011 when the present site at Crillaun, Straide was selected, the plans were drawn and submitted to Mayo County Council. Conservation planning and sustainability efforts have catered for habitats for a number of species such as salmon, otter, and lamprey. Through planning and collaborative work and funding from Mayo Co. Co. and Inland Fisheries, the machines moved in and the work finally started on 27th August 2018.
The original plans were updated and it was decided to drill piles and anchor the concrete base to steel girders sunk deep into the river bank. The construction continued without any problems and it was completed on time and within the budget, in January 2019. East Mayo Angler’s Association are very proud of the result, we have a €200,000 Disabled Angler’s Facility with a 76-meter fishing platform, a changing room and car-park which caters for wheelchair users, on one of the best pools of the famous River Moy.
We have received very positive feedback from the Irish Wheelchair Association, Mayo County Council and anyone who has visited the facility. We were contacted by the British Disabled Anglers Association who are delighted we have made the River Moy accessible to disabled anglers and they were invited to visit Mayo and use our facilities. When people come together, great things happen!