James Whelan, owner of Killaloe River Cruises: What’s the attraction of taking a boat trip on the Shannon: The beauty of it is that you don’t have to rent a boat for a whole week if you don’t want to. You can sample the Shannon on a low budget.

For example, for €35 two adults and two kids could go on a 10km tour along the river and up into Lough Derg. It also gives you an insight into the history of the area, from the lifestyle of early settlers to the introduction of the Shannon hydro scheme and the effects of the Celtic Tiger. You also get to see the fabulous houses surrounding Lough Derg and homes of local celebrities such as Brendan Grace.

Anything else for kids to do in the local area? Actually, a local fisherman has set up a new enterprise called Fishing for Kids. Children can fish from the riverbank with a local angler, or he can take them out on a boat in groups of 8-10. They get to catch little perch and it is a great introduction to the sport of fishing. The man running it is Noel Bugler ( fishingforkids.ie).

…….Irish Times……14/08/12…..read full article…..