Committees and Meetings

Committee Members 2012
President Des Tyrrell; Vice-President Tom Nugent; Secretary Gary Bolger; Treasurer Tommy Deegan; Membership Sec. Fintan Smith; Niall Brosnan; Myles Byrne; Fergus Byrne; Dave Butler; Pat Dunworth; Sean Goulding; Eamonn Kelly; Trevor Winder;

Committee Members 2011
President Des Tyrrell; Vice-President Tom Nugent; Secretary Gary Bolger; Treasurer Tommy Deegan; Membership Sec. Fintan Smith; Myles Byrne; Fergus Byrne; Dave Butler; Declan Cowley; Pat Dunworth; Sean Goulding; Eamonn Kelly; Trevor Winder;

Committee Members 2010
President Des Tyrrell; Vice-President Tom Nugent; Secretary Gary Bolger; Treasurer Tommy Deegan; Membership Sec. Fintan Smith; Myles Byrne; Fergus Byrne; Dave Butler; Declan Cowley; Pat Dunworth; Sean Goulding; Eamonn Kelly; Trevor Winder;

Committee Members 2009
President Des Tyrrell; Vice-President Tom Nugent; Secretary Gary Bolger; Treasurer Tommy Deegan; Membership Sec. Fintan Smith; Myles Byrne; Fergus Byrne; Dave Butler; Declan Cowley; Pat Dunworth; Sean Goulding; Eamonn Kelly; Trevor Winder;


Committee Members 2008
President Des Tyrrell; Vice-President Tom Nugent; Secretary Gary Bolger; Treasurer Tommy Deegan; Membership Sec. Fintan Smith; Myles Byrne; Declan Cowley; Jim Deegan; Pat Dunworth; Sean Goulding;Sean Gunshenan; Eamonn Kelly; Trevor Winder;


Committee Members 2016
President Des Tyrrell; Vice-President Tom Nugent; Secretary Gary Bolger; Treasurer Tommy Deegan; Membership Sec. Fintan Smith; Fergus Byrne; Dave Butler; Pat Dunworth; Liam Stenson

Committee Members 2015
President Des Tyrrell; Vice-President Tom Nugent; Secretary Gary Bolger; Treasurer Tommy Deegan; Membership Sec. Fintan Smith; Niall Brosnan (R); Fergus Byrne; Dave Butler; Pat Dunworth; Liam Stenson

Committee Members 2014
President Des Tyrrell; Vice-President Tom Nugent; Secretary Gary Bolger; Treasurer Tommy Deegan; Membership Sec. Fintan Smith; Myles Byrne; Fergus Byrne; Dave Butler; Declan Cowley; Pat Dunworth; Sean Goulding; Eamonn Kelly; Trevor Winder;

Committee Members 2013
President Des Tyrrell; Vice-President Tom Nugent; Secretary Gary Bolger; Treasurer Tommy Deegan; Membership Sec. Fintan Smith; Myles Byrne; Fergus Byrne; Dave Butler; Declan Cowley; Pat Dunworth; Sean Goulding; Eamonn Kelly; Trevor Winder;


Ballymore Eustace Trout and Salmon Anglers’ Association Annual General Meeting To be Held in Phil Murphy’s Lounge, Ballymore Eustace on Wednesday 10th February, 2016 at 8pm


COMMITTEE FOR 2015 (Outgoing)
PRESIDENT: Mr. D. Tyrell VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. T. Nugent
HON. TREASURER: Mr. T. Deegan HON. SECRETARY: Mr. G. Bolger
Messrs. D. Butler, F. Byrne, P. Dunworth, F. Smith and L. Stenson
AGENDA
1. PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS
2. MINUTES OF A.G.M HELD ON 11th FEB, 2015
3. MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES
4. HON. TREASURER’S REPORT FOR 2015
5. HON. SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR 2015
6. NOTICE OF MOTIONS

7. ELECTION OF HON. OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE
8. OTHER BUSINESS

Members are reminded that nominations for the committee and notice of motions must be with the Hon. Secretary by Sunday 7th February, 2016.


NB. 2016 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM ENCLOSED WITH REPORT.



MR. PRESIDENT AND FELLOW MEMBERS


The year 2015 was another successful and active year for our Association. Angling on our stretches of the Liffey was perhaps not as good as previous years with the absence of our usual abundant fly hatches particularly evident. Anglers persevered , however, and fish were caught. Golden Falls Lake also provided decent sport. Like everything else on the river this year the salmon run was also late and in an effort to further improve our stocks, angling for salmon is again prohibited on the River Liffey for the upcoming season and Inland Fisheries Ireland (formerly the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board ERFB) upholds its bye-law whereby downstream of Golden Falls Dam anglers can only fish using single barbless hooks, whether spinning or flyfishing. Bait fishing too, is gone.


MEMBERSHIP


The Association had a total membership of 251 for the year 2015. The breakdown is as follows: Adults 143, Juniors 38, O.A.P 51, new members 16 and 3 honorary members. It is vital that all members are easily recognizable on Association waters by the wearing of the Association badges. This makes the task of our Water Keepers easier and allows Riparian Owners and members to easily distinguish non-members and trespassers.
Again, it will be necessary for all existing members to renew their membership before 31st March 2016. Any member who has not renewed membership by that date will be considered to have resigned from the Association and a new applicant will be accepted to fill the vacancy.
A special thanks to our Membership Secretary Fintan Smith, for the huge amount of time and effort involved in the issuing of membership cards and badges for 2015 and to Phil Murphy, and the Staff of Day To Day for selling day permits.


FISHING RIGHTS


The Association enjoys the fishing rights of Golden Falls Lake, by permission of the E.S.B. and both banks of the River Liffey from Driver’s Ford, Golden Falls, to the upper reaches of Beaumount Estate, Harristown, Kilcullen. We also have an agreement with the E.S.B. whereby members of the Association can purchase both game and coarse angling permits on Poulaphouca Reservoir for the price of one permit. Since 2005, members of the Association have also enjoyed fishing rights on the Liffey at Lucan Demesne. A number of members fished this water in 2015 and report some decent fishing between canoists.
May I take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to our Riparian owners for allowing us access to, and the pleasure of fishing these waters. Once again, may I emphasize that our gratitude can best be expressed by respecting their property, by using stiles where they are provided, by not damaging stock, crops or fences, by not leaving gates open and when departing the river or lake, by taking home our litter. May I also take this opportunity to offer a sincere thanks to our Water Keepers to taking on the onerous and thankless task of protecting our fishery.


MEETINGS


A total of 12 committee meetings were held since last year’s A.G.M., usually on the last Wednesday of each month. Thanks to all the committee members for continuing to put in the effort to attend these meetings. Again, I appeal to our younger members to take in active interest in the Association and become involved at committee level. Those who are interested in joining the committee should give their name to any of the existing committee members before the A.G.M. I wish to thank Phil Murphy for facilitating our meetings every month, free of charge, in the comfort of her lounge and for her hospitality during the year.


RESTOCKING


Golden Falls Lake was restocked twice during the 2015 season. In May, 500 brown trout were introduced and on 7th July, a further 700 were added to the lake. All fish were supplied and delivered free of charge by E.S.B. and as always on behalf of the Association, I wish to thank them for their generosity. You will however have noticed the halving of our usual quota of fish. This, the ESB informed us, is done to economic difficulties and cutbacks. Thanks to all the members who helped with the stocking, especially Mr. Pat Dunworth and his boat.


ANGLING COMPETITIONS


Angling on our waters in 2015 was steady without being spectacular and our competition results reflected this.
The winner of the Angler of the Year Award 2015, decided on a points system allocated for club angling competitions, was Gay Doody.
The heaviest trout landed during a club competition weighed in at 2lb 1.1oz and was caught by Des Tyrell who receives the Heaviest Trout of the Year Award 2015
The Juvenile Angler of the Year 2015 was Lee McMullen


SUMMARY OF RESULTS


COMPETITION DATE ADULT WINNER RUNNER-UP JUNIOR WINNER RUNNER-UP
Jimmy Evans Cup 22/3/15 J. Winder (382g W. Ryan - -
J&K Murray Cup 12/4/15 F. Nolan (915g) M. McCaffrey L. McMullen -
Punchestown Fest. 26/4/15 G. Doody (258g) E. Winder - -
T. McKnight Tr. 10/5/15 D. Tyrrell (938g) F. Nolan - -
Committee Cup 22/5/15 M. Francis (440g) D. Tyrrell L. McMullen -
Mick Murphy Sh. 5/6/15 T. Sweeney (393g) R. Winder - -
Sonny Cowley Sh. 19/6/15 M.McCaffrey (526g) M. Mooney L. McMullen -
Local Trophy 3/7/15 G. Doody (394g) M.Mooney L. McMullen -
Eddie Gordon Sh. 24/7/15 M. McKenna (305g) G. Doody - -
J. Bolger Tr. 23/8/15 D. Tyrrell (505g) G. Doody - -
Anvil Bar Sh. 27/9/15 F. Nolan (593g) M. Mooney - -
Pike Competition 6/12/15 M. Reynolds (16.5 lbs) Gerry Dolan - -


Turn out for competitions has been marvellous, with this year a lot of invariably wet anglers enjoying the sandwiches provided by Phil. We are very grateful to all the people and business’s who sponsor prizes and to the E.S.B. Turlough Hill who facilitate us with low water on the Liffey for our competitions.


OUR WATERS


• Although last season provided decent sport for most anglers, it must be particularly annoying, especially for those more senior members with years of experience in the club, that certain problems seem to take their time to become resolved. These, and more positive aspects, are dealt with in the following points which I hope will help explain, (or give excuses), as to why we have good and bad days on our Association’s waters.


• To some it might seem bizarre that it is fishermen who should largely fight for conservation but for those fishermen whose livelihood does not depend on it, the catching of fish is a passion that leads angling clubs all over the country to seek to improve their given waters. Yes in order to catch fish but the spin off benefits are enormous. Improved stocks, habitat enhancement, cleaner waters, river walks, town amenities, youth awareness, the list goes on and Ballymore Eustace Trout and Salmon Anglers Association takes great pride in its efforts to do its bit. But like every fishing club, we frequently bang our heads against the brick wall of authority. I’ll lead up to it with the positives.


• Campaigning by the original members of our Association had much to do with the eventual opening of the new Ballymore Eustace Sewage Treatment Plant. Two years down the line, improvements to the river are obvious. Having said that, analytical results for Ballymore show that the Emission Limit Values for certain parameters are being breached some of the time. But only slightly and they are not having an effect on the downstream river sample. In the August/September period of 2015, Irish Water, Kildare County Council Capital Delivery and the Specialist Design and Build Contractor made adjustments to the plant in order to bring it into its optimum operational status. The Associations resident scientist Mr. T. Deegan keeps a close watch on the monitoring results and for the moment declares himself satisfied.


• Our water keepers are keeping an eye to ensure that the Association’s waters are not fished illegally, or during the off season. To that end, there has been a change to our day permits. The date must be filled in or the permit is invalid.


• As I mentioned, we now have an off season. With both eel and salmon fishing already prohibited in order to enhance stocks, it was voted unanimously at our last AGM to give our water’s trout a well earned rest as well. The river is closed to all angling during the closed season but the dt’s can be calmed by pike fished on Golden Falls Lake except for the month of October.


• In November, the Association was informed by IFI that there were just over 1,000 salmon in the Liffey but only 250 had made their way above Leixlip. The numbers might not appear great but the future is hopefully bright. On the 7th August and 30th September, IFI carried out an electro-fishing survey at seven different locations on our Association’s stretch of the river. Results for salmon parr are very good indeed with Doran’s Park particularly excelling.


• The raking of gravel beds and the enhancement works to feeder streams bear fruit and in order to catch this fruit, volunteers work to make fishing conditions easier. The attempted eradication of Himalayan Balsam is ongoing. Soon to come, with the kind permission of Riparian Owners, is a thinning out of our tree lined banks. It will be done in a gentle eco-friendly manner and if help is needed, we’ll call on members.


• Which brings us to the brick wall which yet again has dominated most of the committees meetings this year. It is now, more or less, the sixth anniversary of our early season algae problem which we believe is caused by the Ammonia Emissions at the Blessington Waste Water Treatment Plant. To simplify the science, the Ammonia Emissions Limit Value set out by the EPA in its granting of the discharge licence, is 5. The levels shown by Blessington Waste Water Treatment Plant from January to July 2015 were 43.9, 33.6, 35.9, 27.7, 31.0 and 16.4. Horrendous.


Where we are at the minute is this. On the 30th November, the Association received a letter from a Licence Enforcement Inspector at the EPA which informed us that the Agency has an Open Compliance Investigation against the Blessington WWTP which is being progressed with Irish Water to bring the facility into compliance with the WWD Licence and to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays. Irish Water has not informed the EPA to date of the implementation of an optimisation at the Blessington plant but Irish Water have been instructed by the EPA to respond directly to our Association with a response to our complaints and concerns. With Irish Water, the EPA and Wicklow County Council in the mix, one would hope for a speedy resolution.


Good health and tight lines for 2016
Gary Bolger,
Honorary Secretary.
www.kildare.ie/ballymoreanglers


Hon. Secretary's Reports
Ballymore Eustace Trout and Salmon Anglers’ Association


Annual General Meeting


To be Held in Phil Murphy’s Lounge, Ballymore Eustace on Wednesday 13th February, 2013 at 8pm


COMMITTEE FOR 2012 (Outgoing)


PRESIDENT: Mr. D. Tyrell VICE PRESIDENT: Mr. T. Nugent HON. TREASURER: Mr. T. Deegan HON. SECRETARY: Mr. G. Bolger


Messrs. M. Byrne, F. Byrne, N. Brosnan, D. Butler, P. Dunworth, S. Goulding, E. Kelly, F. Smith and T. Winder.


AGENDA


1. PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS
2. MINUTES OF A.G.M HELD ON 8th FEB, 2012
3. MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES
4. HON. TREASURER’S REPORT FOR 2012
5. HON. SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR 2012
6. NOTICE OF MOTIONS
7. ELECTION OF HON. OFFICERS AND COMMITEE
8. OTHER BUSINESS


Members are reminded that nominations for the committee and notice of motions must be with the Hon. Secretary by Sunday 3rd February, 2013.


NB. 2013 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM ENCLOSED WITH REPORT.


HON. SECRETARY’S REPORT FOR 2012.


MR. PRESIDENT AND FELLOW MEMBERS
The year 2012 was another successful and active year for our Association. Angling on our stretches of the Liffey was excellent with Mr. Tom Nugent’s winning fish in the Mick Murphy Shield on 8th June showing the way and after a sleepy start Golden Falls Lake also provided decent sport. Things are looking up for our salmon run too, but in an effort to further improve our stocks, angling for salmon is again prohibited on the River Liffey for the upcoming season and Inland Fisheries Ireland (formerly the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board ERFB) upholds its bye-law whereby downstream of Golden Falls Dam anglers can only fish using single barbless hooks, whether spinning or flyfishing. Bait fishing too, is gone.


MEMBERSHIP
The Association had a total membership of 302 for the year 2012. The breakdown is as follows: 178 Adults, 46 Juniors, 55 O.A.P, 20 new members and 3 honorary members. It is vital that all members are easily recognizable on Association waters by the wearing of the Association badges. This makes the task of our Water Keepers easier and allows Riparian Owners and members to easily distinguish non-members and trespassers.
Again, it will be necessary for all existing members to renew their membership before 31st March, 2013. Any member who has not renewed membership by that date will be considered to have resigned from the Association and a new applicant will be accepted to fill the vacancy. A special thanks to our Membership Secretary Fintan Smith, for the huge amount of time and effort involved in the issuing of membership cards and badges for 2012 and to Janet Deegan and Staff of Village Store, and Staff of Byrne’s Costcutters and Phil Murphy for selling day permits.


FISHING RIGHTS
The Association enjoys the fishing rights of Golden Falls Lake, by permission of the E.S.B. and both banks of the River Liffey from Driver’s Ford, Golden Falls, to the upper reaches of Beaumount Estate, Harristown, Kilcullen. We also have an agreement with the E.S.B. whereby members of the Association can purchase both game and coarse angling permits on Poulaphouca Reservoir for the price of one permit. Since 2005, members of the Association have also enjoyed fishing rights on the Liffey at Lucan Demesne. A number of members fished this water in 2012 and report some fine trout landed when not foul hooking canoists.
May I take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to our Riparian owners for allowing us access to, and the pleasure of fishing these waters. Once again, may I emphasize that our gratitude can best be expressed by respecting their property, by using stiles where they are provided, by not damaging stock, crops or fences, by not leaving gates open and when departing the river or lake, by taking home our litter. May I also take this opportunity to offer a sincere thanks to our Water Keepers to taking on the onerous and thankless task of protecting our fishery.


MEETINGS
A total of 12 committee meetings were held since last year’s A.G.M., usually on the last Wednesday of each month. Thanks to all the committee members for continuing to put in the effort to attend these meetings. Again, I appeal to our younger members to take in active interest in the Association and become involved at committee level. Those who are interested in joining the committee should give their name to any of the existing committee members before the A.G.M. I wish to thank Phil Murphy for facilitating our meetings every month, free of charge, in the comfort of her lounge and for her hospitality during the year.


RESTOCKING
Golden Falls Lake was restocked twice during the 2012 season. On 12th April, 1,000 brown trout were introduced and on 16th August, a further 1,000 brown trout, some up to 2lbs in weight, were added to the lake. All fish were supplied and delivered free of charge by E.S.B. and on behalf of the Association, I wish to thank them for their generosity. A special thanks to E.S.B.’s man on the lake, Mr. Peadar Moran, E.S.B. Amenity Officer, Liffey Stations for his help and advice during restocking operations on Golden Galls. Thanks to Golden Falls Water Ski Club for the use of their facilities and thanks also to all the members who helped with the restocking.


ANGLING COMPETITIONS
Angling on our waters in 2012 was a great year and our competition results were excellent.
The winner of the Angler of the Year Award 2012, decided on a points system allocated for club angling competitions, was Gay Doody with 22 points. Runner up was Mick Mooney on 16 points.
The heaviest trout landed during a club competition weighed in at 4lb 1.7oz and was caught by Tom Nugent who receives the Heaviest Trout of the Year Award 2012.
SUMMARY OF RESULTS
Competition Date Adult Winner R-Up Junior Winner Runner up
Jimmy Evans Cup 25/3/12 G. Doody M. Mooney - No junior weighed-in
J.& K Murray Cup 08/4/12 M. Mooney T. Winder -
Punchestown Trophy 01/5/12 M. Mooney G. Doody -
Tony McKnight Trophy 06/5/12 M. Reynolds M. Francis -
Committee Cup 25/5/12 V. Miske F. Smith -
Mick Murphy Shield 08/6/12 T. Nugent D. Tyrell -
Sonny Cowley Shield 22/6/12 G. Doody F. Byrne -
Local Perpetual Trophy 06/7/12 G. Doody M. McKenna -
Eddie Gordon Trophy 27/7/12 F. Nolan B. McDonagh -
Guinness Trophy 26/8/12 F. Nolan F. Byrne -
Anvil Bar Shield 30/9/12 M. Francis F. Byrne -
Pike Competition 2/12/12 M. Francis P. McGlynn -


Turn out for competitions, as always, has been marvellous, with this year a lot of invariably wet anglers enjoying the sandwiches provided by Phil but you may have noticed the lack of juvenile involvement. Where are they? Get them out!
We are very grateful to all the people and business’s who sponsor prizes and to the E.S.B. Turlough Hill who facilitate us with low water on the Liffey for our competitions.


OUR WATERS
Although last season provided decent sport for most anglers, it must be particularly annoying, especially for those more senior members with years of experience in the club, that certain problems seem to take their time to become resolved. These, and more positive aspects, are dealt with in the following points which I hope will help explain, (or give excuses), as to why we have good and bad days on our Association’s waters.
In these notes in the last couple of years, I have tried to make sense of and summarise water quality issues on our Associations waters, especially with regard to our annual early season algae problem, but sometimes a secretary should do what a secretary does best. So while I made tea Mr. Tommy Deegan, Engineer, composed this:


Ballymore Eustace and Blessington Waste Water Discharge Licences (WWDL) Angling Clubs throughout the country were delighted when Mr. John Gormley, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government brought into effect on the 27th September 2007 a system for licensing sewage effluent discharges from local authority sewage treatment plants. Up to that point local authorities did their own thing and were answerable only to themselves which in turn led to totally unacceptable levels of pollution in many of our rivers and lakes. Indeed we have only to look at our own dilapidated, obnoxious, Liffey polluting sewage treatment plant at the Strand as an example. Nowadays sewage treatment plants are referred to as Waste Water Treatment Plants (WWTP) and the Licensing Authority is the Environmental Protection Agency.
The licensing and certification authorisation process was introduced on a phased basis commencing on 14th December 2007 in accordance with the requirements of the Waste Water Discharge (Authorisation) Regulations, 2007 (S.I. No. 684 of 2007), which meant that the largest WWTPs had to apply earliest. The other good news was that licenses must be reviewed within 6 years but can be reviewed any time after 3 years.
Wicklow County Council applied for a Waste Water Discharge Licence (D0063-01) for the Blessington WWTP discharge into Golden Falls Lake on the 28th August 2008 and Kildare County Council applied for a licence for a proposed new WWTP at the Kimmeens, Ballymore Eustace (D0238-01) on the 27th February 2009. The EPA issued a WWDL for Ballymore Eustace on the 17th February 2011 and for Blessington on the 7th June 2012.
The TSAA and others made submissions to the EPA regarding both applications and correspondence from all parties i.e. applicants, EPA and all third parties such as ourselves, can be viewed on the EPA website www.epa.ie (click on WWDA and enter number or name).
When the EPA issued a WWDL for Ballymore Eustace, the EPA Inspector dealing with the application in her report stated that there is no assimilative capacity in the receiving water for orthophosphate, ammonia or Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) based on the quality standards under the European Communities Environmental Objectives (Surface Water) Regulations, 2009, (S.I. No. 272 of 2009) and that the 95%ile upstream concentration of orthophosphate (0.203mg/l) ammonia (0.99mg/l) and BOD (6 mg/l) are all “already in breach of S.I. No. 272 of 2009 before consideration of the WWTP discharge contribution.”
Because of the annual algae growth in the Liffey which we reported regularly to the EPA (our letters were referred on to the section of the EPA dealing with the Blessington WWDL) we readily agreed with the Inspector’s Report and were delighted that someone else was stating the obvious.
Since the algae growth also appears upstream of the Ballymore Eustace sewage discharge, the Association believes that the Blessington discharge into Golden Falls is responsible for the algae growth. The Director of Services Wicklow County Council in a letter dated 23rd May 2012 addressed to the Association but copied to the EPA and others got very annoyed and accused us of trying “to denigrate the reputation of Wicklow County Council and performance of the Blessington Waste Water Treatment Plant without the submission of any evidence that this is the case.” The Association replied by letter dated 29th May 2012 enclosing a graph showing high levels of ammonia in Golden Falls Lake and the Liffey at the time of the algae growth. There were no high ammonia levels in the Poulaphouca Reservoir samples so it was obvious that the problem started in Golden Falls Lake. The Inspector dealing with Blessington WWDA uses a ERBD report to get around the problem stating “According to the ERBD, the presence of elevated phosphorous levels is thought to come from a combination of agricultural sources and from planning and development. The WWTP in Blessington is not considered to be a cause of significant deterioration in water quality in Golden Falls Lake.” How about that for a cop out.
The Inspector dealing with the Blessington discharge in his report also states under the heading European Communities Environmental Objectives (Surface Water) Regulations 2009, S.I. No. 272 of 2009 “The water quality downstream of the WWTP shows that the River Liffey complies with the water quality standards for BOD, ammonia and orthophosphate stipulated in S.I. 272 of 2009. It is considered that the primary discharge is not adversely impacting the chemical water quality of the receiving water.”
The Association was and is totally and utterly confused at what appears to be two conflicting Inspector’s Reports on water quality in the Liffey at Ballymore Eustace and have corresponded with the EPA on the matter but without any satisfaction. All the correspondence can be read on the EPA and www.kildare.ie/ballymoreanglers websites.


One species that we hope will no longer benefit from this ammonia is our Himalayan Balsam. Armed with black bags and elbow grease, various club members pulled and dragged for two Saturdays in early August. Thanks go to all who signed up for the task.
Access to the river for such work, and angling, has of course been made easier by the repair works carried out to our village’s river walkway. Hats off to Kildare County Council. A job well done.
Our other walkway, following the river from the Old Factory up through the woods to Golden Falls Lake, is still a work in progress but with thanks to Mr. Tom Kinirons of Dublin City Council, we hope to have it up and running soon.


We can finish on a positive note. Our Association sent away some scales from Tom Nugent’s 4lb 1.7oz trout, currently residing in Phil Murphy’s Bar, to have them analysed by Inland Fisheries Ireland. The fish, we learned, was seven or eight years old which put it into the fast or very fast category for growth of brown trout in Irish rivers. Thirty nine years ago, with the prompting of the late Mick Murphy and others, this Association was born and all founder members, still with us or not, must be delighted with the commencement of our new sewage treatment plant. A step closer to cleaner water. Tom’s trout wouldn’t be where he is if he’d kept his mouth shut, Ballymore Eustace Trout and Salmon Anglers Association is where it is now because it didn’t.


Good health and tight lines for 2013


Gary Bolger,
Honorary Secretary.
www.kildare.ie/ballymoreanglers.
The following points were also brought to the notice of the A.G.M.
History of Ballymore Eustace Sewage Treatment Plant Upgrade
Following representations from the Ballymore Eustace Trout and Salmon Anglers’ Association in the 1970’s, Kildare County Council since the mid 1980’s, has promised a new sewage treatment plant for Ballymore Eustace. At first, the village was to be linked to the Upper Liffey Valley Regional Sewage Treatment Plant at Osberstown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Policy later changed (probably as a result of Wicklow County Council discharging Blessington WWTP effluent into Golden Falls Lake) and Kildare County Council decided that Ballymore Eustace would get its own Sewage Plant.
Things dragged on until 1998 when Abbeydrive Development (Gerry Deane) sought planning permission from Kildare County Council for 507 houses at the ‘40 acres’ Broadleas, Ballymore Eustace. Abbeydrive also sought permission to build a 2000 P.E. Sewage Treatment Plant at Kildare County Council’s existing site at the Strand, Ballymore Eustace. However, An Bord Pleanala refused planning permission for the 416 house development which Kildare County Council had granted but did grant planning permission for the proposed new sewage treatment plant. As expected without permission to construct the houses, Abbeydrive did not construct a new Sewage Treatment Plant. These Developments were the subject of a Bord Pleanala Oral Hearing at which the TSAA argued that the new sewage treatment plant should be located downstream of the village.
On the 6th October 2005, Kildare County Council announced under Part 8 of the Planning & Development Regulations 2001that it intended to construct a new Waste Water Treatment Plant at Susheen, Ballymore Eustace and convert the existing plant at the Strand to a pumping station. However, an objection by the Health Service Executive dated 29th March 2006, on the basis that the proposed site was too close to an existing residence, put an end to this plan.
In December 2007, the Council again advertised under Part 8, their intention to construct a new sewage treatment plant, this time at a site downstream of the village at the Kimmeens, Ballymore Eustace with the existing plant being converted to a pumping station. It appeared to be all systems go, as there was no objection to the proposed plant. It was expected that the plant would be operational in 2009. Site investigation surveys, archaeological surveys, landscape surveys were all carried out during 2008. However, the village was devastated by a letter dated the 26th February 2009 from The Director of Services, Kildare County Council stating that due to the present financial crises the project was being reviewed by the Department of the Environment and indeed the Minister for the Environment Mr. John Gormley withdrew proposed funding under the Serviced Land Initiative. The Council made a positive submission to the Department of the Environment “citing, in particular, the extent to which planning applications are currently on hold as well as the desirability of addressing water quality issues.” Representation was also made to the Minister for the Environment by the Ballymore Eustace Trout and Salmon Anglers’ Association requesting that the new plant be approved in order to prevent continued pollution of the Liffey and to allow the village to develop rather than stagnate and die. Mr. Jack Wall T.D., on behalf of the Angling Association, put forward no less than five different Parliamentary Questions to the Minister concerning the proposed Ballymore Eustace Sewage Treatment Plant.
The whole village was delighted when on the 19th April 2010 the Minister for the Environment Mr. John Gormley published the Water Services Investment Programme 2010-2012. A total of €3,545,000 was allocated to the Ballymore Eustace Wastewater Treatment Plant. Our delight was somewhat curtailed when we learned from the Director of Services, Water and Environment Dept., Kildare County Council that when the Minister for the Environment Mr. John Gormley included Ballymore Eustace WWTP in the 2010-2012 Serviced Land Initiative this meant 40% funding by the DoEHLG and 60% funding by Developers/KCC.
On the 21st April 2011 the Director of Services Kildare County Council met with developers interested in building in Ballymore Eustace and found that there was little prospect of private sector funding for the construction of the new sewage treatment plant at Ballymore Eustace bearing in mind that substantial dezoning took place in the village in the new County Development Plan 2011 - 2017. In an email dated 21st April 2011 to the three South Kildare T.D’s, the Director of Services informed them that Kildare County Council had applied to have the project approved as a conventional project with 78% funding by the DoEHLG and 22% funding by KCC.


Again things appeared to be in the balance when the Director of Services Kildare County Council informed us that the new Minister for the Environment Mr. Phil Hogan T.D. was reviewing all spending by his Department. Jack Wall T.D., on behalf of Ballymore Eustace Trout and Salmon Anglers agreed to ask a Parliamentary Question of the Minister to find out the Ministers position. A letter from The Director of Services to the TSAA dated 19th July 2011 states that ---" the final consents from the Department are now expected and it is, therefore, envisaged the new sewerage treatment plant will shortly be going to tender. I will keep you appraised regarding progress.---"
The Department did consent to the new funding arrangement.
Councillor Mark Wall received the following reply from Water Services, Kildare County Council at the Athy Area meeting on Monday 19th September 2011.
”Report: Matters are progressing well; all design aspects are complete, issues relating to accommodation works, wayleaves and contract documentation are currently being finalised. It is proposed that the project will go to tender before the end of the current year. There will be two contracts involved i.e. the waste water treatment plant and the network. A construction period of approximately one year is envisaged.
The members will be kept informed on progress.
(Issued by G. Halton, Senior Executive Officer, Water Services)"
The Trout and Salmon Anglers on 31st January 2012 emailed the Director of Services, Water & Environment, Kildare County Council seeking a reason for the delay in tendering and received the following reply on the same date “The delay is certainly regretted but it does seem that issues are now resolved.. We met the dept of environment inspector on 19 January and discussed the matter...the only outstanding issue currently, as far as I am aware, is to forward and agree budget projections. All design aspects and contract documents are finalised, wayleaves should be in-hand, and I see no reason why we cant go to tender before the end of February.”
A further email reply from the Director of Services dated 6th March 2012 stated “treatment plant now going to tender...got declg approval last week.....”
Then, on the 28th March 2012 the tender notices appeared on eTender. Two contracts, the main WWTP at the Kimmeens and the Pumping Station plus pipework at the Strand. The contacts between Ward & Burke (Pumping station and pipe laying) and Resource Engineering (WWTP) were signed in December 2012 and work is now progressing.
The EPA on the 17th February 2011 granted a Waste Water Discharge Licence for the proposed Waste Water Treatment Plant and one of the conditions is that the Plant be operational by December 2012. However, that date cannot be met.
A Landscaping Plan for the old Sewage Plant site i.e. new Pumping Station (including a “Special Needs” Anglers’ facility) which will totally transform this section of the Riverside Walk was agreed between Kildare County Council and the Ballymore Eustace Trout and Salmon Anglers’ Association and we are desperately awaiting its implementation.
At present, planning permission has been granted by Kildare County Council, with a condition attached that construction cannot start until the new Waste Water Treatment Plant is constructed, for a 59 bed Nursing Home at Tinnycross, 11 houses at Donaghy’s old Garage site, 4 houses in Barrack Street, 3 houses at Golden Falls. The derelict house on Oliver Plunkett Road beside Paddy Murphy’s Pub was refused planning permission for apartments and three shop units solely because the present sewage treatment plant is overloaded.
A new sewage treatment plant will have numerous advantages for the village: it will remove the existing dilapidated sewage plant away from the centre of the village and Riverside Walk/Linear Park amenity area and replace it with a landscaped pumping station.
it will improve the quality of the water in the River Liffey.
it will remove current obnoxious smells from this amenity area.
it will transform the visual aspect and amenity value of the Riverside Walk.
it will cease the current discharges of raw sewage to the Liffey at the Riverside Walk amenity area.
it will allow development and clean-up of the current derelict sites and buildings in the village.
It will allow the village to develop in a controlled way.


SLUDGE TREATMENT PLANT


On the 28th August 2009, An Bord Pleanala granted planning permission to Dublin City Council for the construction of a new replacement Sludge Treatment Plant.
Tom Kinirons, Senior Engineer at the Dublin City Council Water Treatment Plant confirmed in January 2013 that contract documents are now being drawn up and that the Plant will go for Tender probably at the end of March 2013.


The Association is pleased with the following condition imposed by An Bord Pleanala and have reminded Kildare County Council.


8. (a) Comprehensive monitoring arrangements relating to the volume and quality of the treated filtrate and supernatant wastewater discharges to the River Liffey shall be submitted to and agreed in writing with the planning authority prior to the commencement of development. In this regard, the process wastewater shall be treated to ensure compliance with the parameter limits which shall be specified by the planning authority having regard to the River Liffey Catchment Management
Plan under the Water Framework Directive.


(b) The agreed monitoring regime shall provide for sampling, at regular, specified, intervals of the following:
(i) Supernatant from the sludge thickening tanks. (ii) Spillway contents, including the combined filtrate, supernatant, washwater and surface water from the plant, prior to discharge.
(iii) Water in the Golden Falls Reservoir, upstream of the spillway discharge from the plant.
(iv) Water in the River Liffey, downstream of the spillway discharge from the plant.
(c) The physico/chemical parameters to be monitored shall include the following: Colour, Turbidity, Aluminium, Suspended Solids and PH.
(d) The data generated from this sampling/monitoring regime shall be forwarded to the planning authority at regular, specified, intervals and shall be made available for public inspection.
Reason: In order to protect the quality of the water in the River Liffey in theinterest of public health and recreational amenity, including angling.


We have also reminded Kildare County Council with regard to the following condition on the Bowl Barrow, a recorded monument (Ref KD 029:051).


5. Pre-development testing shall consist of the following:
(1) The developer shall engage the services of a suitably qualified archaeologist (licensed under the National Monuments Acts 19301994) to carry out pre-development testing at the site. No sub-surface work shall be undertaken in the absence of the archaeologist without his/her express consent.
(2) The archaeologist shall notify the National Monuments Service of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government in writing at least four weeks prior to the commencement of site preparations. This will allow the archaeologist sufficient time to obtain a licence to carry out the work.
(3) The archaeologist shall carry out any relevant documentary research and may excavate test trenches at locations chosen by the archaeologist, having consulted the proposed development plans.
(4) Having completed the work, the archaeologist shall submit a written report to the planning authority and to the National Monuments Service for consideration.
(5) Where archaeological material is shown to be present, preservation in situ, preservation by record (excavation) and/or monitoring may be required and the National Monuments Service will advise the developer with regard to these matters.
(6) No site preparation or construction work shall be carried out until after the archaeologist’s report has been submitted and permission to proceed has been received in writing from the planning authority in consultation with the National Monuments Service.
Reason: To ensure the continued preservation (either in situ or by record) of features or other objects of archaeological interest which may lie within the site.


The Association is delighted with An Bord Pleanala's permission and looks forward to seeing the comprehensive monitoring arrangements which must be put in place.


When An Bord Pleanala granted planning permission the Association wrote to the Director of Services Kildare County Council asking that we be given an input into the monitoring arrangements that must now be drawn up and the Director replied inter alia by letter dated 16th September 2009 " Please be assured that they will be in contact with relevant officials from Dublin City Council in order to have an input into the plans and proposals relating to monitoring arrangements as envisaged in the parent planning permission. I am also pleased to advise that Mr. Holligan will liaise directly with you in this regard."


IRISH WATER


The Programme of Financial Support for Ireland agreed between the Government and the EU/IMF required, inter alia, that by the end of 2011, the Government would devise a way to transfer responsibility for the provision of water services from the local authorities to a water utility.

The Programme for National Recovery 2011-2016, indicates that the Government will create Irish Water, a new State company that will take over key water/waste water functions from the 34 existing local authorities.

Irish Water will take over ALL assets from 2014. The Council's will then operate those facilities under what are known as Service Level Agreements (SLAs) which will be in place until at least 2017.
The EPA will deal with Irish Water who will in turn penalise the Councils'. That process will probably form part of the SLAs.


Dublin City Manager John Tierney has been appointed as managing director of Irish Water, the State's new water utility.