This Friday 18th of July we reach a milestone with our event. Just 8 weeks away, we see this is a critical point in the timeline for the arrangement of travel and many other factors.
It has always been our aim to professionally deliver the championships with the prestige it deserves, providing competitors and spectators worldwide with the full Irish experience, in a safe format that fulfills enjoyment in participation. Importantly, an event that proceeds with minimised risk to all involved; from local business providers to island boatmen, from landowners to our stewards.
As we write, our entrants worldwide are experiencing different levels of this pandemic and the future is still highly uncertain. Ireland has ‘paused’ its roadmap for a return to society and business as they strive to become Covid 19 free. The R rate is higher than anticipated and for example pubs will now not re-open until 10th of August. Northern Ireland is certainly more open for now but has the same aim.
The World Angling Pairs does not wish to expose any risk to the path of recovery for our hosts who have continued to welcome us over the years, and it is with regret therefore that we announce our 2020 event will not go ahead.
We appreciate that this will be highly disappointing news to all; those keen to partake once again in the superb angling product on offer. We thank you for your patience and our stakeholders, namely DAERA Inland Fisheries, Inland Fisheries Ireland IFI, Waterways Ireland, Leitrim Tourism and Fermanagh & Omagh Council for their support and advice thus far.
Meanwhile the World Angling Pairs and DAIWA UK remain committed to the promotion of coarse angling in Ireland and we can confirm that we are determined to be back next year on the 6th of September 2021. You will be hearing more from us soon………
Note: We have attempted to contact all entrants prior to this statement if you have not heard from us please get in touch.