The Dundalk Salmon Anglers Association are a step closer in making their dream a reality, after an application to build a clubhouse was submitted to the Louth County Council last week.
The anglers association plans to construct a new clubhouse and store, a waste water treatment system and associated landscaping at Stephenstown, Ardee Road, Dundalk.
Micheal Staunton, Chairman of the Dundalk Salmon Anglers, spoke to The Dundalk Democrat this week about the proposed development.
“We have been thinking about doing something like this for a while,” Micheal said, “we hope it will be granted and if so, we can then go onto the next phase of the project.”
At present, the association uses a space available at Stephenstown pound, but their own clubhouse would be of huge benefit.
“It would be great to have our own premises,” said Micheal, “It would give the club a lot of flexibility,
“It would also be a place for our young members, a place were they could have workshops.
“There is also the tourism aspect that would help promote the town.
“We could open a small area where tourists come in, get their day pass for fishing and maybe use or buy some equipment.
“The project, if successful, can only be a good thing for the town and the association,” Micheal added.
The Dundalk Salmon Anglers Association was founded in 1961 in the old Imperial Hotel, Park St. Dundalk
The object of the Association was to acquire and lease the fishery known as “Shuckburgh” on the river Fane.
The name “Shuckburgh” came from an English landlord called Lord Shuckburgh, who at that time owned the five miles of netting rights from the mouth of the Fane to the top of the wood at Craig’s farm leading into Mackins.
The first A.G.M took place in 1962 in the Imperial Hotel.
Membership grew each year from there-on with anglers joining the Club from Dublin, Drogheda, Dunleer, Ardee, Carrickmacross and many parts of the North of Ireland.
Work began in 1962 to erect stiles, stands and a boom to keep the sea-rack back during the sea trout season.
In 1963-1964 an agreement was signed for a lease of 21 years with the rite of renewal. The Club still pay the rates of this fishery.
Edythe Forthescue died in 1966 and the house and estate was passed on to Major Digby Hamilton of England.
It was then sold in 1975.
Today the Stephenstown House is in ruin and the beautiful woodland all gone forever.