Equality of opportunity has finally arrived for disabled anglers. The Cappoquin Salmon and Trout Anglers Association is implementing a tourism development plan to improve access to the River Blackwater.
As part of the plan the association has supplied the first wheelchair accessible boat for disabled anglers.
The boat design is modelled on the World War II landing craft. It is hoped it will be the first in a nationwide development of angling facilities for the disabled. There are already ninety of these boats in Northern Ireland and the UK provided through the Disabled Angler's Trust.
Tom Mac Sweeney talks to angler Tim O'Sullivan about the new boat. Andy Beadsley, Director of the Disabled Boat Trust describes the accessibility of the new 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 by Tom MacSweeney broadcast on 21 August 2004.