In this week’s LEADER Spotlight, we look at how ILDN member Monaghan Integrated Development, and Clann Credo – Community Loan Finance assisted the Spring Lake Anglers Club

Spring Lake Anglers Club was formed in 2012 to facilitate fishing on the lake for members of the community.  Since its formation, the club has developed areas around the lakeshore for anglers to fish from and has purchased several boats for anglers to use. The club restocks the lake with rainbow trout on a regular basis to ensure sustainable fishing and to cater for its growing membership.

With excellent water quality, the lake always held the potential to host international competitions. However, efforts to bring an international competition to the lake had been hampered by access issues. So, the club set about improving road access and parking facilities. With assistance from Monaghan Integrated Development, the club got a grant through the Rural Development (LEADER) Programme and then approached Clann Credo for a bridging loan to enable the drawdown of their grant.

The club now has improved access to the lake which will open the lake for increased community usage. It also puts the club in a great position to secure an international competition which would be a great boost for the locality!

Commenting on the project, Paddy Keenan, Spring Lake Anglers Club Secretary said; “To obtain bridging funding enabled us to receive our grant allocation, without the funding we would not have been able to receive the LEADER grant and our new access road project would never have been completed. Spring Lake Anglers would strongly recommend Clann Credo to anyone thinking of using their services and rate them 10/10.”

Monaghan Integrated Development CLG promotes area-based, integrated, “bottom-up” interventions to address long-term unemployment, economic marginalisation and social exclusion. It recognises the interdependence of economic, social and cultural issues in working for sustainable and inclusive growth and social cohesion. Founded as Monaghan Partnership in 1996 and becoming Monaghan Integrated Development (MID) in 2008 the Company provides services and supports for individuals, community groups and enterprises throughout Co Monaghan availing of a wide range of programmes to do so and details of their programmes can be found here.