Providing equal opportunity for anglers with a disability.

The Cappoquin Salmon and Trout Anglers Association is implementing a tourism development plan to improve access to the River Blackwater. The association has supplied the first wheelchair accessible boat for anglers with a disability.

The boat design is modelled on a World War II landing craft. It is hoped it will be the first in a nationwide development of facilities for anglers who use wheelchairs. There are already ninety of these boats in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom provided through the Disabled Angler's Trust.

Angler Tim O'Sullivan talks about the new boat. Andy Beadsley, Director of the Disabled Boat Trust describes the accessibility of the boat, and the equality of opportunity it offers.

The boat was officially launched by Marine Minister of State John Browne, who urged other angling clubs to follow the Cappoquin example.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 21 August 2004. The reporter is Tom MacSweeney.