- Aug 8, 2001
Lough Muckno Corona Virus update:
Due to the alarming presence of this terrible virus in the Area surrounding Lough Muckno some further access steps have been put in place.
The overwhelming reason for this is unfortunately, the gross recklessness of many anglers and their complete and utter failure to comply with the critical National public health guidelines.
We unbelievably have people from all parts of Ireland seeking the access codes on a daily basis, as if no travel restrictions existed.
On a safe appraisal at Lough Muckno on this date, pike anglers from Dublin,Belfast, Co Kildare and Carlingford Co Louth were encountered and advised to go home, in line with the National guidelines.
It is quite unbelievable that this is happening when a catastrophic situation in our hospitals nationwide is imminent and we are all beseeched to play our part in stemming the spread of this killer virus.
From today the changed code of the gate at White Island will not be made available so no request for same should be made.
The coded lock on South Lodge had been removed by us and replaced with a padlocked chain and this section is temporarily not available to anglers.
This has become necessary following an incident there yesterday when a row developed between just three pike anglers over peg encroachment ( alas 35 pegs in this section).
Two anglers then left and as they exited the section, poured super glue over the lock rendering it useless.
Lock has now reverted to standard chain and padlock with no angler access available to anyone, even those allowed to go there under regulations.
The culprits ( two Pike anglers from Dublin) in their red car, number withheld, will be pursued for this wanton act of criminal damage and all of their details are being supplied to the Garda at Castleblayney.
The Golf club facilities at Concra Wood are not open for any golfing activity during this phase of lockdown and the management request that no vehicles enter the area until restrictions are lifted.
In essence no fishing is now allowed or facilitated on all of Lough Muckno, due in the main to the selfish, reckless and wanton disregard for others by the very few.
Please respect this situation and adhere strictly to the travel guidelines, in an effort to restore some credibility and respect to the Angling community.
Lough Muckno and shameful angler actions apart, we now ask all anglers to please play your part in keeping yourself, your families and the community at large safe, by adhering to the public health guidelines to the letter.
With a deep sense of disappointment we ask you all again to stay at home,stay apart and stay safe