‘Hooked’ on sea angling

IT Sligo students promote leisure tourism in fishing competition 

The North West of Ireland is already synonymous with some of the best surfing in Europe with surfers flocking from all over the world to take on the swell at locations like Mullaghmore, Strandhill and Rossnowlagh.

However, sea angling is fast emerging as another sport that could be championed by the region as it seeks to build on its position as a world-class water sport tourist destination.

Students studying the Bachelor of Business in Recreation and Leisure at IT Sligo hosted the inaugural IT Sligo/RNLI Sea Angling Competition at Streedagh Beach in Sligo this week with the aim of promoting sea angling and the wider north-western coastal zone.

There were more than 40 participants at the event including Fáilte Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland, the RNLI and a range of local sea angling providers.  MV Spirit, a local marine leisure charter boat business, won first place and took home the perpetual trophy and tuition and judging was provided by Sligo Sea Shore Angling.

IT Sligo Recreation and Leisure lecturer Kerry Larkin said there’s ‘massive potential’ in the development of sea angling and other water based sports along the northwest coastal zone; “We’ve seen how surfing has attracted people from all over the world to this coast, and sea angling can do the same,” he said. “The competition was organised to show how accessible an activity it is and to showcase the fantastic resource we have in the coast. Almost 130,000 overseas visitors to Ireland last year said they travelled here for sea angling so there’s great potential for tourist providers in the North West if they can build on the number that come to this corner of the country.”

Bryan Ward, the Angling Information Officer with Inland Fisheries Ireland said there is ‘huge potential’ for growth in sea angling tourism; “Because licences aren’t required, it’s a very accessible activity and there’s an abundance of species on the northwest coastal shore,” he said. “We’ve seen a huge increase in people taking part in it in the South West coast in the last five years and there’s no doubt that the North West has the potential to grow the same way.”

The coastline in the North West is undoubtedly a key attraction for visitors to the North West, according to the Head of Operations at Fáilte Ireland North West, Martina Bromley; “Sligo has real potential in terms of sea angling and angling in general, with clean waters and a wonderful resource of the Atlantic Ocean on our doorstep,” she said. “One of the most exciting projects Fáilte Ireland is working on is the Wild Atlantic Way – a tourism project that will entice the overseas visitors and holiday makers to stop off and spend more time in the region and of course participate in some fishing when they are here. Angling in such pristine conditions is a real asset for Sligo and has great appeal to visitors.”

Proceeds from the competition will go towards the local RNLI organisation. For more information on IT Sligo’s BA in Recreation and Leisure see www.itsligo.ie

Exciting Social Entrepreneurship Conference


IT Sligo Accelerating Campus Entrepreneurship programme (ACE) would like to extend a formal invitation to a one day conference on Social Entrepreneurship in IT Sligo.

The theme of this conference is;

“Promoting Social Entrepreneurship in the North West”

The conference will be held in A0004 lecture theatre on Thursday, 14th April 2011.

Please find attached a schedule for the day. To register for the event, please follow this link: http://itsligosocialentrepreneurship.eventbrite.com/

Please note: only registered guests will be able to attend on the day.

The diverse programme will comprise of professional speakers on social entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurs who champion social entrepreneurship projects and services. Those who seek to educate, learn about, network, and collaborate on social entrepreneurship ventures are invited to attend. This conference will provide a forum for existing and potential social entrepreneurs to expand their knowledge about social enterprise and network with other social entrepreneurs, but also provide insight and inspiration to communities who wish to change their own future by setting up a social enterprise.

This innovative social enterprise conference is the first to be held in the North West and we welcome all participants; those developing on a socially responsible business idea, seeking a career with non-profit organisations working on social change, or otherwise using innovative ideas to promote change to society’s social problems.  No matter what stage of evolution as a social entrepreneur you are, this conference seeks to be beneficial to you by providing information and knowledge on addressing social issues and advancing your future as a social entrepreneur of tomorrow.

Cáit Keaveney

SIF/ACE Intern

Innovation Centre

IT Sligo



Zorbing comes to IT Sligo

IT Sligo Pr and Event management students are hosting the “Human Hamster” event at the institute’s GAA pitch on Tuesday, 29th of March from 12.00pm to 3.00pm. The bizarre event is a new and exciting activity “zorbing” originating from New Zealand, it is the idea of inflatable transparent spheres where the rider is strapped in place and rolls downhill.

The event is a novel experience to the North West and not only is it a fun packed day for the students and lecturers at the college for the price of five euro per zorb but all the funds raised on the day will be donated to the worthy cause of Special Olympics Connaught. The adventure activities company Extreme Ireland are wished a big thank you for generously sponsoring the event.

The students have been collaborating with the organisation throughout the year and hope to generate awareness and much needed funds on the day. The IT students are working hard to make it a successful day and are delighted to be gaining life experience in the public relations and event management industry which will benefit their academic studies.

The Special Olympics Connaught organisation provides year round sports training and competition for 1700 people with an intellectual disability in Galway, Leitrim, Longford, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath, it not only provides physical benefits of sports for the athletes but it changes lives by not only enabling athletes to achieve and win in sport but in life too.




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