No fisherman’s friends at Maddoxtown Gap

It SEEMS there are no fisherman’s friends at one of Kilkenny’s most tranquil beauty spots, where locals have come for generations to relax and discover the treasures of the Nore.

It SEEMS there are no fisherman’s friends at one of Kilkenny’s most tranquil beauty spots, where locals have come for generations to relax and discover the treasures of the Nore.

Maddoxtown Gap is a well-known salmon activity location a few miles outside the city, just off the Sion Road. Local salmon fishermen have fished here for decades, and their families before them.

But it now seems that someone no longer wants them there.

About three months ago, the entrance on the lane that has been used for decades to access the river was moved up to the roadside.

The gates have been padlocked. The area has been fenced off, with large stones placed in front of it. To park safely there is impossible.

Unfortunately, this has caused considerable hardship to a number of elderly fishermen – some in their mid to late seventies – who are now unable to access the river safely to fish, as many have been doing for the last 50 years or more.

Others, such as walkers and trout fishermen, have too been inconvenience by the developments.

Last year, the weir itself was similarly obstructed with wire frames and large stones, in an apparent attempt to prevent anyone from fishing on it. However, a large flood eventually moved them out of the way.

It seems that, for whatever reason, someone is attempting to prevent these salmon fishermen from fishing there. The fishermen and their families are appealing to the party or parties involved to consider the effects their actions are having, and to reinstate the peace and harmony that has endured there for generations.