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Have you spotted any lamprey?

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Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) are always on the lookout for records of lamprey in the River Slaney. Ireland has 3 species of lamprey –  brook (12cm), river (30cm) and sea lamprey (70-90cm). All 3 species are of conservation concern and are listed in Annex II of the EU Habitats Directive. Brook lamprey are resident in freshwater all year round but river and sea lamprey migrate from the marine environment to spawn in freshwater. While brook lamprey are widespread and abundant in the Slaney, river and sea lamprey are much more scarce. Lamprey spawn between March – June and we would be extremely grateful if you could send any records of sightings (including date and location) to Many thanks.

Take Care When Releasing Your Salmon!!

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Thank you to all those who have sent us photos of their catches. It has been a great week on the river. However, a number of our members have expressed concerns on how some of these fish are being handled before release. Please please ensure that the salmon remains in the water while being unhooked prior to release. A quick photo can be taken while supporting the salmon with both hands and lifting for a few seconds above the water level. Time out of the water should be kept to an absolute minimum and when a net is being used, this should remain in the water while unhooking. NEVER take the fish up onto the bank and NEVER carry the fish by its tail.

2019 Membership and AGM Notice

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Our AGM will be held on Friday 5th April at 7.15 pm in Redmond’s, Bunclody. All are welcome to attend, both members and non-members alike. An agenda, together with a set of annual accounts, will be posted on our website prior to then.

All the work carried out by your board is on a voluntary basis. We are working tirelessly on your behalf on many critical issues along the river. We made a huge effort in relation to the opening of the river. Without this pressure and negotiations at the very highest level we believe the river would be closed. We are working on the Clohamon Millrace project, and are making good progress in relation to finding a solution to the catastrophic grid issue. We are involved in implementing a system to protect the river from poaching, including recruiting additional water keepers. We provide anglers with an excellent river gauge and provide fishing reports on a regular basis through-out the season. We invest in insurance for all our members.

These important items consume many man hours and incur considerable expenditure, all of which are funded by membership subscriptions alone.

The subscription amount for 2019 is €50. As in previous years, it includes Public and Personal Accident insurance cover.

Payment can be made by:

  1. Posting a cheque to Thomas Mernagh, Ballybawn Lane, Rathnure, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford made payable to Slaney Rodfishers Association.
  2. Via our PayPal facility.
  3. At the AGM.
  4. By direct transfer with your name as reference to:

BOI                                   Slaney Rod Fishers Current Account

Account Number             62533355

IBAN                                IE62 BOFI 9065 6662 5333 55

BIC                                   BOFIIE2D

Thank you to those who support every year. We look forward to seeing you at the AGM.

AGM Notice 2019

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Our AGM will be held on Friday, 5th April at 7.15 pm in Redmond’s, Bunclody. All are welcome to attend, both members and non- members alike. We hope to see a full house, as there is plenty to cover including an update on the start of the 2019 season (hopefully fish to report), poaching prevention and the Clohamon Tail Race project. An Agenda, together with a set of our annual accounts, will be posted prior to the evening. We very much hope to see you then.

Fine Gael Minister Paul Keogh TD

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The Slaney River Trust would like to sincerely thank Minster Paul Keogh for his invaluable support over the past 12 months. This unwavering support, provided by a man who is extremely busy, ensured that the Slaney River Trust had the opportunity to represent our members views at high level meetings in Leinster House with Minister Sean Kyne, Inland Fisheries and IFI’s CEO Dr. Ciaran Byrne. While the outcome regarding the closure of the river and the issues at Clohamon have not been resolved, significant progress has been made on both fronts. Minister Keogh’s commitment and desire to assist the Slaney River Trust in the protection and enhancement of the River Slaney is invaluable and greatly appreciated.
We look forward to updating you all with some positive news at our AGM on 9th March in Redmonds, Buclody at 7 pm.

Poaching Out of Control

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A trout fishermen presence is required on the river as the poaching and killing of salmon is wide spread and out of control along the river. This is despite the best efforts of IFI. Please report all incidences with a date and location to IFI and copied to

How to contact Inland Fisheries Ireland

For general enquiries call 01 8842600 or email

To report pollution or poaching 24 hours a day phone 1890 34 74 24


SRT Objection to Proposed Closure – 3rd December 2016

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Please click here to view the Slaney River Trust’s objection to the proposed closure of the River Slaney to salmon fishing in 2017.

Department Response to Submissions – 24th Jan 17

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The Department sent a generic response to all those who submitted an objection to the proposed closure of the River Slaney to salmon fishing in 2017. Click here to view the letter.

Chairman’s Report

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Please click here for this years Chairman’s Letter. We hope to see you at the AGM (Details Below).

Slaney River Trust and Slaney Rodfishers Association Accounts 2016

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Please click here to view the accounts for 2016. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of them feel free to email


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