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Anglers Rest, Ballyconnell

Anglers Rest, Ballyconnell

Pauline and Francis McGoldrick, your hosts, offer a warm welcome at this friendly pub which is popular with both locals and anglers.

Two gents enjoying a pint of Guinness in the Anglers Rest at Ballyconnell/
Bar at Anglers Rest in Ballyconnell/
Two anglers at the edge of a lake in Co Cavan, one holding a bream/
Angler landing a fish caught in a lake in Co Cavan/
Angler fishing on a lake in Co Cavan/
Entrance to the Anglers Rest in Ballyconnell/
Two anglers each holding a bream caught in Co Cavan, Ireland/
Bar area in the Anglers Rest in Ballyconnell/

The Anglers Rest is situated in the centre of Ballyconnell and serves excellent food in the bar and restaurant areas.  There is also a private car park, tackle and bait facilities. There are eight comfortable  twin/triple bedrooms. All are well furnished en-suite bedrooms with TV and coffee tray.

This busy inn style hotel offers some of the best food in the region, huge steaks, extensive menu, lots of specials and all great value. The Guinness is amazing too. The staff are amongst the friendliest and most helpful you will find.

Angling-wise, Francis - an Irish International matchman who still competes in many festivals - has the latest information on fishing venues and is available to offer accurate advice for fishing the numerous local waters. Among the most prolific waters are nearby Killywilly and Cuillaghan.

The Anglers Rest has ample bait and tackle storage, a perfect base for a great coarse and pike fishing holiday. Boat hire can be arranged.


LOW SEASON – Ferry & 7 nights B&B
Car and 4 - £464 per person; Car and 2 - £516 per person

Supplements apply to high cars and vans

Prices may be subject to change - please contact us direct for the latest deals

Fishing in Co Cavan

Co Cavan offers opportunities for excellent year round fishing in the major river systems and their associated lakes. Bream, hybrids, roach, rudd, tench are common in most waters. Popular centres include Ballyconnell, Belturbet, Cootehill, and Killeshandra. The River Erne and its main tributaries, the Shannon Erne Waterway and the Dromore/Annalee system dominate the middle of the county.

The River Erne System is the major water in this scenic county linking lots of lakes both large and small. Good access to many waters whilst there are still lakes that take some effort to access that are rarely fished. The River Erne will fish well in the cooler months where there is depth and flow.

The Shannon Erne Waterway flows north east to the western shore of Upper Lough Erne.

For the angler seeking large open waters with the promise of outstanding bags of bream and roach choose the large lakes such as Gowna, Oughter, Sillan, Upper Lough Erne and Lough McNean. For something more secluded you will find many smaller lakes and river stretches with plenty of fish. There is a water here to suit all tastes.

Wherever you fish in Ireland, the chances of catching fish are hugely improved by pre-baiting to attract fish into your chosen swim. Ideally this is done the evening before (or for a couple of days) using breadcrumb or local maize meal carrying particle baits such as sweetcorn, boiled wheat, hemp and pellets.  

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