The Inchbeg Fishing School was started by Jack Hamilton in 1996. Jack grew up just over the road from the River Field, as it is known, and fished these waters every day as a boy in the 1930s. It was always his dream to own this particular stretch of the River Nore, and when he moved home after 40 years in England, he finally bought it.
He and his wife, Kathie, cleaned up the field over the course of a summer: they pulled sacks of refuse out of the riverbed, cut back the overgrown banks and planted 500 trees including ash, oak, sally, birch, lime and beech to provide homes for the wildlife and to get to work on their carbon footprint!
The school was opened to the public and it became a success with both tourists and locals, especially primary schools who were keen to learn about our native flora and fauna and the effects of river pollution, a cause Jack was passionate about.
The school was his pride and joy, however in recent years his health has failed him and he is no longer able to do what he loves. The school was re-opened by his wife and daughter in 2009, with all proceeds being donated to local Alzheimer's Charities.