Lough key boats is a family run business which has provided boating facilities to the fisherman, water enthusiasts and general public alike for over twenty years.
Located 2 miles east of Boyle on the N4. The family business is located at the Harbour of Lough Key Forest Park, which is surrounded by 800 acres of picturesque woodlands and park.
Patrick (Pete) Walsh born into a fishing family and is a native of County Wexford. His father Robert, a local Water Ranger, bestowed his passion and knowledge of fishing to his son at an early age. (A passion that would never leave him.) He moved to Roscommon in the early 1970’s and coupled his love of fishing with his love of a woman Bernadette Mc Greevy later to become his wife.
He married Bernadette Mc Greevy a true native of Moylurg of the McGreevy Clán. Bernadette’s roots can be traced back to the time of St. Patrick when he visited County Roscommon and indeed back to the Castle Island of which the Mc Greevy Clan ruled hundreds of years ago. It is written in the Annals of Lough Cé (A chronicle of Irish affairs from A.D. 1014 to A.D. 1590) that Lady McGreevy haunts the Castle on Castle Island.
Pete and Bernie had five children, Colm, Catriona, Damien, Lisa and Barry all of whom have spent their holidays helping their parents with the business. Pete and Bernie have since retired. The family lost Pete to cancer in 2014 in his honour and to support the community the family organise a boat regatta and raise important funds for the local hospitals oncology ward.
The family business, have been providing tours and renting boats to people and fishermen alike from all over the world for over 40 years.