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Derg harbour recommendations for small children

Posted by P J 
P J
Derg harbour recommendations for small children
24 July, 2017 17:03
Hi all,

We are taking our kids on what will be the first Shannon trip for them. Hiring with Silverline Cruisers in Banagher and heading south around L Derg.

Just wondering if there are any playgrounds or large green spaces for a kick-around near any of the harbours on Derg, or if there are any other child friendly recommendations to a 5&8 year old?

Many thanks!
Re: Derg harbour recommendations for small children
24 July, 2017 17:13
Hi PJ,

There are playgrounds at many of the harbours on Derg; Terryglass, Dromineer, Garrykennedy, Mountshannon.
Dromineer's playground is probably the biggest and best, and there's a large green space for a kickabout, along with a nice 'beach' area.
Mountshannon also has good green space in the park. It also has the added benefit of the maze, which my kids really enjoy playing in. Mountsahnnon also has a nice blue-flag beach area with lifeguards.
There are very good kids facilities in Killaloe/Ballina, with two large playgrounds and an outdoor heated swimming pool.

Hope that helps, I hope you have a great time on Derg.

Fergus.
Re: Derg harbour recommendations for small children
24 July, 2017 17:59
Hi PJ
Fergus advice is spot on. Dromineer's playground and Mountshannon' maze will entertain for hours. Both have swimming beaches nearby.
Noel
P J
Re: Derg harbour recommendations for small children
25 July, 2017 14:11
Great to hear, thanks so much for the advice!

Really looking forward to the trip.

PJ
Re: Derg harbour recommendations for small children
26 July, 2017 20:14
Hi Noel

What about Portumna ..?

Is it ok for children
Re: Derg harbour recommendations for small children
26 July, 2017 22:40
Quote:
Tom Connery
Hi Noel
What about Portumna ..?

Is it ok for children

No playground afaik.

I was there on Monday, relatively safe for children I would have thought but supervision needed as they could wander off into the very extensive parklands.

Great to see the harbour so busy.

Mountshannon on the other hand is relatively quiet for July, due to the limited dining options I expect as the Hotel is still closed.

A friend was in last Saturday and was not impressed with the brusque response in the pizza place when they turned up (two adults and a child) about 7pm.

No tables available and no takeaways..

Friends had to get a taxi to Scarriff.

A bit short sighted by the pizza place as the Hotel will reopen eventually?



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Re: Derg harbour recommendations for small children
26 July, 2017 23:05
Folks
there is a children's playground in Portumna to the left past the library after you exit the forest park 5-10 minutes walk, there is also a large field in front of the castle accessed through a "turnstile" in the wall at the harbor , in addition there are plenty of walks and cycle tracks around the park.
Des
Desperado
Re: Derg harbour recommendations for small children
27 July, 2017 11:01
I agree with Des. Portumna has a lot going for it. The forest park has lovely little side trails and the big tree at the car park must be a kids dream to climb.Theres plenty of places to eat and a decent supermarket.

Pjn
Re: Derg harbour recommendations for small children
27 July, 2017 22:59
Thanks Des,John and PJ

Hopefully will come across ye next week

Tom
P J
Re: Derg harbour recommendations for small children
16 August, 2017 11:30
Just back from our trip and can report, from a family with small children, regarding the following harbours:

Portumna; playground closed, massive field in front of castle as mentioned above.
Mountshannon; great playground and labyrinth in the park, space to kick a ball too. Food options extremely limited. Tiny "restaurant" books up before the doors even open and not particularly helpful staff. Food van is unreliable, closed Saturday night, but opened very early on Sunday morning (with no customers on the horizon).
Garykennedy; playground and popular forest trails. Larkins very accommodating for food and service despite being so incredibly busy.
Banagher; options to eat and great playground. Also useful to know there is a public laundromat in the rear carpark of the Supervalu shop.

All harbours are good fishing spots for kids and general messing about in boats. Plenty of spaces available too.
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