The Lung Valley
The Lung River is only one mile from Ballaghaderreen in Co. Roscommon. The Lung River is 18 miles long with 6 major connecting lakes, Eritt, Cloonaugh, Urlaur, Loughglynn, Cloonaholly, these all empty into Lough Gara, and are known collectively as the Lung Valley.
The Lung Valley is an angler’s paradise, probably the best Coarse Fishing waters in Ireland for Brean, Roach, Rudd, Hybrids, Perch, Tench, Eel, Pike and Trout. Specimen trout up to 91bs bas been caught recently and Pike in access of 20lbs. Bags of Bream and Roach have been caught in access of 461bs on the day of conlpetitions. The Lung Valley is a developed stretch of water with easy access off the road, safe parking, nature walks, boat slip-ways and fishing stands. There are also disabled fishing stands on the Lung River and Lough Gara for physically impaired anglers.
For all your fishing information, fishing equipment hire and boat hire(Boats and equipment can also be delivered to any of the lakes in the area) contact Ballaghaderreen & District Angling Club.
Club Ofﬁcers are:
Paul Maree: tel: 087 2276246
Joe Madden: tel 086 2565302
Licences and permits, click on the link below:
Errit Lough is situated 10km to the south west of Ballaghaderreen town in Gorthaganny. It is a secret spot where locals have boated and fished for generations. It consists of 400 acres and holds a moderate number of pike, perch and eel. It ranges in depth from 4 feet to 30 feet. Access is good and includes a concrete jetty, boat slipway and three fishing stands. It is designated by the NPWS as an area of special conservation. The site includes a number of habitats fringing the lake, predominately reed swamps and includes wet woodland. The presence of Otter has been recorded at the site. Good angling is not all that this lake offers, while there visit the recently established kayaking centre and enjoy the newly created lake shore loop walk.
Kayaking lessons are available and there is a wide range of kayaking equipment for rent. Kayaking training is available throughout the year up to level 4 skills. The club also promotes and teaches safety in and around water.
Errit Kayaking Club: Contact Jimmy Kelly 087 7581227
Urlaur Abbey is set against the backdrop of Urlaur Lake. Urlaur Lake is a 20 min drive from Ballaghaderreen town in the parish of Kilmovee, Co. Mayo. The lake is a Special Area of Conservation and consists of about 500 acres of shallow water and holds a moderate stock of pike. Access is easy from the road and there is a slipway on the shore at Urlaur Abbey.
For the keen angler the lake holds good stocks of coarse fish and it is also a noted pike fishery. There is good car parking facilities near the lake, a slipway to launch a boat and fishing stands. From Ballaghaderreen follow the sign posts to Monasteraden, when you reach Monasteraden there are sign posts directing you to the lake.
Cloonaholly is a very shallow lake of about 500 acres, it is great for coarse fishing for fish like roach, hybrid and small pike. This is a private lake so permission is required to use it. It is only a 10 min drive from Ballghaderreen town. To find out more about fishing here contact Ballaghaderreen District Angling Club.