Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched an ‘all abilities’ angling facility to enable wheelchair users to fish safely and conveniently. The €106,000 bespoke fishing platform at Shepperton Lake near Skibbereen provides access to wheelchair users, and those with reduced mobility, to a section of the popular fishing spot.

Sinéad Burke, Service Support Officer for the Irish Wheelchair Association said that service users “getting out in nature, and having access to a tailor-made resource like this” will be “extremely beneficial”

A wheelchair user on the platform fishing
Brian O’Donoghue at the new stand

The new stand can cater for up to four wheelchair users at a time, has a picnic area, and six parking spaces.

IFI has collaborated with the Irish Wheelchair Association in Clonakilty for the past seven years, and in that period angling day trips to Shepperton Lake have increased in popularity among members. Ms Burke added that service users will “be able to enjoy a long season of fishing” at Shepperton Lake.

2 wheelchair users surrounded by people - one is cutting the red ribbon to open the new platform
Cutting the ribbon are IWA Clonakilty and Inland Fisheries Ireland

John Twomey, Fisheries Inspector with IFI, said: “The demand for accessible and safe infrastructure for wheelchair users – and those with reduced mobility- at Shepperton Lake was obvious, and we are looking forward to seeing many anglers enjoy our brand new facility.”

The all-abilities fishing podium opens today.