Rivers of Ireland

Rivers of Ireland

=Geography of Irish Rivers=

"see also": Geography of Ireland

The main river in Ireland is the River Shannon, 386 km (240 mi), the longest river in both Ireland and the British Isles, which separates the boggy midlands of Ireland from the West of Ireland. The river develops into three lakes along its course, Lough Allen, Lough Ree and Lough Derg. Of these, Lough Derg is the biggest. The River Shannon enters the Atlantic Ocean after Limerick city at the Shannon Estuary. Other major rivers include the River Liffey, River Lee, River Swilly, River Blackwater, River Nore, River Suir, River Barrow and River Boyne

History of Irish Rivers

"see also" History of Ireland

Irish waterways have been used for transport since the earliest times. The Vikings used the rivers —for raiding deep inland. The Viking sea-king, Thormodr Helgason, used his base on the west coast to raid the length of the River Shannon from Lough Derg to Lough Ree, pillaging ecclesiastical settlements. In 937 the Limerick Vikings clashed with those of Dublin on Lough Ree and were defeated. In 943 they were defeated again when the chief of the local Dalcassian clan joined with Ceallachan, king of Munster and the Limerick Vikings were forced to pay tribute to the clans. The power of the Vikings never recovered, and they reduced to the level of a minor clan, however often playing pivotal parts in the endless power struggles of the next few centuries.


"see main article": Canals of Ireland

Canals were built in the 19th Century connecting the River Shannon to Dublin. They were important for the transport of goods before the Railways took over. Major canals include the Grand and the Royal canals.

List of Rivers

"This is a list of rivers in the whole island of Ireland; that is to say, it includes rivers in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland".

The rivers are listed in clockwise order of their outflows, starting from the Foyle at Derry, and for convenience are divided by jurisdiction of their outflows, and by the sea into which they each drain.

In Northern Ireland

*River Foyle — that portion named "Foyle" forms the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic
**River Deele
**River Finn — rises and flows mainly through County Donegal, Republic of Ireland
***River Reelan
**River Mourne
***River Dergie
*River Roe
*River Bann
**River Main
**River Blackwater, Northern Ireland — rises in County Monaghan, Republic of Ireland
*River Dun
*River Bush
*River Lagan
**River Farset
*River Quoile
*River Clanrye

In the Republic of Ireland, flowing into the Irish Sea

*The Castletown River
*River Fane
*River Boyne
**River Owenroe
**River Blackwater, Meath
*River Tolka
*River Liffey
**River Dodder
**River Camac
**River Poddle
*River Dargle
*River Avoca
**River Avonmore
**River Avonbeg
**Aughrim River
*River Slaney
**River Derry
**River Bann (Wexford)
*River Vartry

In the Republic of Ireland, flowing into the Celtic Sea

*River Barrow
**River Nore
***River Erkina
****River Goul
***King's River
**River Suir
***River Drish
****Black River (Ireland)
***John's River
**River Tar
*River Blackwater, Cork
**River Awbeg
**River Dalua
**River Bride
*River Lee
*River Bandon

In the Republic of Ireland, flowing into the Atlantic Ocean

*Roughty River (flowing into Kenmare Bay) at Kenmare
*River Laune
*River Carrowbeg
*River Shannon
**River Deel
**River Maigue
**River Brosna
**River Inny
**River Suck
**Boyle River
*River Fergus
*River Clare
*River Corrib
**River Robe (via Loughs Mask and Corrib)
*River Doonbeg
*River Moy
*River Garavogue
*River Erne — mainly formed by Upper and Lower Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
**River Annalee
**River Cladagh
*River Eske
*River Feale
*River Gweebarra
*River Swilly

ee also

*Canals of Ireland
*Transport in Ireland

External links

* [http://www.riverbannireland.com/ River Bann]
* [http://www.irishwhitewater.com/river_guide/index.php Irish whitewater River Guides]

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