In his book, A Lifetime on Lough Ree, Peter Foy, recounts that, as a boy, he was another Huckleberry Finn and Ireland’s River Shannon was his mighty Mississippi. He tells of days spent sniggling for perch at Brick Island, north of Athlone, and of how his father manoeuvred a railway wagon, once used for sorting mail, onto a headland, near the midpoint of Lough Ree. This beloved ‰Û÷wagon’ became Peter’s second home, and it was here that he and his friends spent all their free time. It was here too that he fell under the spell of Micky, a Lough Ree islander, who treated him as a son, and passed on to him the knowledge of generations.Peter takes us up and down the lake, to duck flights at dawn and to the deep holes where big pike hide. He tells the reader about fly tying, trout netting, otter boards, and the love dance of the mayfly. Peter also describes his days as a professional eel fisherman, when there were not only pay cheques but also skirmishes with bailiffs and days in court. Finally, we travel to Peter’s home in Derrydarragh, County Longford, and the woods near Barley Harbour where he keeps his boat.Peter Foy was born in Athlone in 1954; his varied career included running a fishing and shooting business, operating as a publican and working as an eel fisherman. Peter and his wife, Pauline, have two grownup sons.