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Padraig & Anne Giblin Founders of Derg Isle

Padraig is a well-known and respected entrepreneur who often speaks at public and business events and is known for his charity work for Missionvale in South  Africa. Padraig has a strong work ethic, is entrepreneurial, an innovator, inventor, continuously developing the site. He is passionate about their businesses, and his main philosophy is that ‘We don’t meet expectations, we exceed them’.

‘Regardless of who we meet, we want them to have the best possible experience at Derg Isle – we do everything to make that happen’

Anne Giblin, is a successful purchasing director in an Irish retailer, is passionate about the customer experience and is keen for people to experience the peace and tranquillity at Derg Isle. She understands the fast pace of commercial life and enjoys seeing those who visit Derg Isle to get away from it all, de-stress and enjoy the tranquillity and simplicity of just being on the water or challenging themselves in the various activities on offer.

The Great Story

Of Our Place

On Lough Derg

Derg Isle is an Irish owned and family run business which began as an agricultural site with lakeside access in Scarriff , Co. Clare, purchased by Anne and Padraig Giblin in 1988 as an addition to their ‘Fisherman’s paradise’, and ‘Sports world’ netting business. Fisherman’s paradise was a seasonal boat hire and self-catering business, and they identified an opportunity for off season periods and not just for fishing. Coupled with Sports world netting, which provides high netting and screening to sports pitches, industry and construction including high security prisons offered connection to the market for sports teams and schools. Over the years, Padraig worked to develop the thirteen-acre lakefront site into a little valley of oasis with peaceful surrounds, cocooned, sheltered into Derg Isle activity centre which was launched in 2015 offering land and water based activities with direct access to the lake through a series of calm and winding channels which lead onto the mighty expanse of Lough Derg.

Scarriff is a small town situated in the heart of East Clare, close to the shores of Lough Derg. County Clare is Ireland’s westernmost county, bounded by the mighty Atlantic on the west and the tranquil waters of Lough Derg on the east. It is home to Holy Island which is one of the most famous monastic sites in Ireland with its many attractions include a well-preserved Round Tower, the ruins of six churches, a Holy Well, a unique graveyard with slabs dating from the eight century and a cell like structure, which is one of the most extraordinary buildings in Ireland. While rural in its setting, Scariff is a short distance from the towns of
Ennis, capital of County Clare (22 miles), Limerick (22 miles) and Galway (40 miles) and just 25 miles from the international airport at Shannon. The major cities of Cork and the capital Dublin are also easily accessible.

Meet Our Team

Coming Soon – A little bit of information about our Instructors who will be your drill sergeants or a calming influence for all our visitors to Derg Isle