A €200,000 facility for disabled anglers has opened on the River Moy in Co Mayo.

The wheelchair-friendly project was partly funded by Inland Fisheries Ireland.

It consists of a 76-metre long fishing platform, along with a changing room and car park.

Lester Cassidy, a 40-year-old angler from Kilcock in Co Kildare, broke his back 21 years ago during a scaffolding accident.

He said the new facility means he can pursue his hobby without any restrictions.

Bob Mayne (below), who first fished on the Moy on a trip from Manchester 22 years ago, said the new facility is a godsend for older anglers.

The East Mayo Anglers' Association has been working on the project at Straide, near Foxford, for the past ten years.

The Disabled Anglers Facility was officially opened with Ministers Michael Ring and Sean Canney in attendance.

Over €150,000 worth of funding was provided by Inland Fisheries Ireland.

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