Garrykennedy is a small town on the opposite side of Lough Derg to Mountshannon. It is a very relaxing and enjoyable place along the lough which is known for its beautiful views, its fishing culture and the famous Larkins thatched cottage restaurant and music pub.
Larkins is located at the marina just beyond the castle ruins. This multi award wining venue regularly attracts visitors from all over Ireland and is a very popular destination for food, music and culture. Traditional Irish music sessions are held here every week and are sometimes accompanied with some wonderful Irish dancing. A trip to Larkins is certainly recommended when visiting this part of the Shannon and a great time is guaranteed.
On entering the harbour, you will see the ruins of a medieval castle. This was inhabited by the O’Kennedys, who were once the dominant family of the area. Only a corner pillar now remains but its fallen stonework was used to construct the harbour in the early 19th century. Garrykennedy was once a hive of activity, as the local slate quarry would export slate all over Ireland. Barges delivering turf and barrels of Guinness stout to the town-lands of Tipperary would also dock at the harbour during this period.
Within the harbour you will find a pretty park dotted with picnic areas and barbecue facilities. There is a playground for the children and pony rides can be arranged from Newtown, located ten minutes away.