Cruise & Explore the Iconic River Shannon & Breath-taking Lough Derg with Killaloe River Cruises
Killaloe River Cruises have been in providing cruises of the River Shannon from Killaloe/Ballina since the year 1999. James Whelan the owner of both boats has worked in the boat hire business since 1991. His father who owns Whelan’s Foodstore in the town decided to start hiring boats as people were constantly inquiring in the shop as to the possibility of taking in the local scenery.
James first started with a small 12-seater passenger boat that was purchased in Dingle Co. Kerry and then brought to Killaloe and called the “Brian Boru”. In the year 2000 a new 50-seater passenger boat called the “Spirit of Killaloe” was acquired. It was launched on the 27th of May 2000 by Sheila de Valera Minister for the Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands. In 2004 James was joined by his wife Aoife. The couple bought their second passenger boat in March 2010, the Spirit of Lough Derg.
In November 2017 the decision was made to lengthen Spirit of Killaloe. A new seven meter section was built by Tyrrell’s at Arklow Marine Services, transported to Killaloe and built into Spirit of Killaloe. The project was completed in just five months. “We increased the available deck space by fifty percent, increased our passenger capacity from fifty passengers to eighty and improved access significantly. We are delighted with the end result. The additional interior and exterior seating and improved facilities on board, adds to the customer experience.”
“We offer a quality, value, local tourism experience that will delight you, your family and friends”. James Whelan