Killaloe, Clare, Ireland and Ballina, Tipperary are situated on the banks of the River Shannon, Killaloe, Clare is well known as the birthplace of Brian Boru (c. 941 - 1014), and High King of Ireland,(1002 - 1014). While Brian was High King, he ruled from Killaloe making it the "Capital of Ireland."
The towns of Killaloe/Ballina are amongst Ireland's most picturesque attractions and are linked by a 13 arch bridge, which links not only the two towns, but also the counties of Clare and Tipperary.
The twin towns of Killaloe and Ballina span the River Shannon at the southern point of Lough Derg. With a vast array of activities on land and water, historic sites and a bustling nightlife, Killaloe has long been Ireland's secret vacation destination delighting all the family.
Killaloe, on the Clare side of the river, is made up of charming narrow streets, flanked by old shops along the steep hill looking down over the 13th century cathedral. The town was home to Brian Boru, the High King who united Ireland against the Vikings, so this picture perfect town with its Victorian streets and old canal banks was once capital of all Ireland.
Ballina on the Tipperary side, offers an excellent riverside park and seasonal outdoor swimming pool. There are plenty of moorings for cruisers to stop off and explore Ballina and te jetty offers a platform to fish from next to the River Shannon. There are enticing eateries dotted around the town of Ballina as well as traditional Irish pubs with Irish music sessions especially during the Summer months.
Mixed in with the interesting heritage of the towns, both Ballina & Killaloe are hosts to boutiques, bakeries, artisan shops and galleries making it the perfect location to explore the old and the new.
Accommodation is plentiful on both sides of the bridge, as well as the scores of excellent privately run Guest Houses/Bed & Breakfasts available, Ballina is home to the Lakeside Hotel & Leisure Centre.
There's plenty of activity to keep visitors entertained with lake cruises, The Lough Derg Way walking route, farmers market on Sundays, fishing for kids and much more.
Visit www.discoverkillaloe.ie to find out more about Ballina/Killaloe in Co. Tipperary, Ireland.