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School pupils reel in take home the prizes at the North West Angling Fair

Loughs Agency piloted their first River Day Camps with school groups from St Mary’s Primary School Strabane and Sion Mills Primary School, as part of the educational programme of the North West Angling Fair. School groups came to Loughs Agency to try a spot of fishing, hunt for invertebrates and create a piece of artwork inspired by a healthy river habitat

river camp champs

1st Place: St Mary’s Primary School

The 1st place prize in the artwork competition was won by pupil in St Mary’s Primary School and the winner was presented with an engraved trophy; 2nd place was won by a pupil in Sion Mills Primary who received a fly box filled with flies tied at the angling fair.

River Camp

Runner up school:  Sion Mills Primary School

All the pupils in both classes received their CAST Starter Award and won free entry to the fishing competition in Moorlough on the 2nd of July (part of Loughs Fest).

Rosemary McCloskey, Community Engagement Officer at Loughs Agency said “Fishing is a very popular sport in Strabane so it was no surprise that the majority of pupils in these classes had already fished before. It was great to hear how knowledgeable some of the young people already were, as well as being able to inspire some of the new-comers to the sport. We had a few going away saying they would be getting their own rods which is fantastic!”


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