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Camowen anglers scoop top award in prestigious ceremony

From left, Jodie McAneaney, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful; Mayor Stephen McCann, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council; Joe Mahon, TV Presenter; with Tony Kelly, Joseph Owens, Edward Crawford and Patrick Farley, of Camowen Community Anglers and Stephen Forrest, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

FOR their superb work in cleaning up the Camowen river, a group of local anglers have picked up a very prestigious award.

The Camowen Community Anglers Association won the ‘Fermanagh and Omagh Litter Heroes Award’ at a special ceremony held recently in the Belfast Harbour Commissioner’s Office.

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Taking place on February 20, 2018, the ‘Live Here, Love Here’ community awards were hosted by the popular TV personality, Lesser Spotted Journeys presenter, Joe Mahon. These awards celebrate the tremendous efforts of groups and individuals across the province who help to make Northern Ireland a cleaner, greener and a safer place to live.

The Association was short-listed after it was recognised by the judging panel to have shown an outstanding contribution to promoting the health and well being of the River Camowen.

The Camowen Anglers were also commended on the night for their endless hard work and determination in improving what has been recognised as a river neglected and in need of assistance. “The club and its members recognise the importance of the Camowen River to the wider Foyle system,” said Elwin Jones, Chairman of the Camowen Community Anglers Association. “As one of the main nursery areas for returning salmon to spawn in, it is vital that the health and water quality of the river remains our priority.

“By working intensively on the river we try to reduce pollution as much as possible, and our ethos remains the same: That is to preserve, enhance and protect this special river. We cannot do this overnight and we have a big task ahead of us, but we are extremely lucky to have a community in the Camowen area that are so pro-active in working towards our goal.”

Special praise was also given by the judging panel to the Association for their ability to engage the local community of the surrounding areas of Beragh, Sixmilecross, Omagh and Carrickmore and encourage all generations to come together with like-minded people and celebrate their pride in their community.

The Association is well known for its river clean up work party events and litter picking days which they frequently run.

“A special thank you must also go out to our landowners and farmers who are always the first to come and assist us when they see us out and about along the river,” Elwin concluded. “Without their continued support all this would not be possible and it’s a credit to them all.”

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