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The Royal Canal


The Royal Canal runs from Dublin to Longford. County Longford has the longest stretch of

 the canal than any other county.

Around the town of Ballymahon there are some good stretches which hold good stocks of Tench, Roach, Rudd, Perch and Pike.

Ballybrannigan Harbour

This is a very picturesque location. It is sometimes just called "Brannigan's". It is easily accessible and parking isn't a problem. There are good stocks of tench at this venue and I have had catches of 13, 14, and 15 in one session. I don't hope to catch tench here, I expect to. In fact the 8lb tench on the homepage was caught in this area.

Stephen Wilson with a few nice tench and roach

John Wilson with15 Tench at the Royal Canal

Pake (or pike) Bridge

This stretch of the Royal Canal lies just outside Ballymahon town on the Lanesborough road. I have caught good size roach perch, and rudd here and the occasional pike.

A nice perch from Pake Bridge

Two decent roach


Foigha Harbour

Foigha harbour lies close to Pake bridge off the Lanesborough road. This is another picturesque spot that holds good roach, rudd, perch and tench.

Yours truly with a Foigha harbour tench

Island Bridge

This part of the canal lies just outside of the villiage of Keena. There are good roach, rudd, tench and pike in this area.


                                                          Early morning at Island Bridge                                            A nice Island Bridge tench for Stephen

Nice Pike on a rainy day




A great place to stay when visiting the Irish Midlands is Skelly’s Bar in the centre of Ballymahon.


The unassuming frontage of this B & B hides the fact that this is probably the best place to stay for fishermen visiting the various stretches of the Royal Canal, or tourists travelling through to the West of Ireland.


I have stayed at Skelly’s on several occasions and have been delighted by the friendly staff that can’t do enough for you.

The rooms are all en suite and spotlessly clean. It is run by Pat Byrne and his family and Pat’s wife, Patrice, who comes from Brazil, is the chef who makes excellent food.


On opening the door you enter the off license. Continuing through the shop you enter a large bar with open fire. Meals are served here at lunchtimes.




Passing through the bar there is a breakfast room and restaurant.

Upstairs there are several en suite rooms.

There is secure “off the road” parking




Contact Pat for more information[email protected] 
Telephone +353 90 6432105



More information on the "Hotspots" along the Royal Canal, the River Suck and its lakes, with directions on how to get to them, will be in Bernie's Book 4.


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