- River Foyle
The River Foyle (derive|Irish|An Feabhail|estuary of the lip) is a
riverin west Ulsterin the northwest of Ireland, which flows from the confluence of the rivers Finn and Mourne at the towns of Liffordin County Donegal, Republic of Ireland, and Strabanein County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. From here it flows to the City of Derry, where it discharges into Lough Foyleand, ultimately, the Atlantic Ocean. The river separates part of County Donegal from parts of both County Londonderryand County Tyrone. The district of County Donegal that borders the western bank of the River Foyle is traditionally known as the Laggan Valley. [http://www.eastdonegalulsterscots.com/about.html] This valley includes the villages of St. Johnstonand Carrigans, both of which are nestled on the banks of the river.
port on the Foyle
The river is home to a number of sporting clubs and a small mooring facility has been recently added for small
yachts outside the Derry City Counciloffices in the heart of Derry. The main sports on the river are canoeing, sailingand rowing. People partake in water-skiingand jet-skiingin the summer.
Crossing the Foyle
The River Foyle is also the fastest flowing river in
Europefor its size, making the construction of bridges to cross it difficult. In Derry, the main crossing point, there are two bridges. The south bridge, the older of the two, is Europe's only road traffic double decker bridge and is officially known as the Craigavon Bridge(popularly called the Blue BridgeFact|date=March 2008). The northern bridge, known as the Foyle Bridge, is a much larger bridge and was built to accommodate large ocean vessels at a time when it was envisaged that the city would need to accommodate such vessels. However, this proved unnecessary as the main port was moved several miles north of the city and the large vessels it was designed for never had to come so far south. Derry's most famous politician, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning John Hume, was most closely associated with the planning of the second bridge, believing that the large size was required to maintain a potential economic lifeline to the city through the port. Outside of Derry, the only bridge to cross the River Foyle is Lifford Bridge, which was built in the 1960's between Lifford, the "County Town" of County Donegal on the western bank of the river, and Strabane, a major town in County Tyrone on the eastern bank.
Traffic on the Foyle
Traffic on the Foyle further south than the northern bridge is now more or less restricted to pleasure boats with the occasional tanker coming in the refinery at the northern end of the town. A tour of the Foyle onboard a small cruise ship is proving to be a successful venture, in the summer months.
Foyle Search and Rescue
Due to the presence of two bridges over the river in Derry, many Derry youth choose to attempt suicide by jumping into the deep and fast moving Foyle. '
Foyle Search and Rescue' was established as a charity in July 1993 and has adopted the role of protecting human life in the River Foyle from the Craigavon Bridge to the Foyle Bridge. Between 1993 and 2008 it dealt with more than 1000 people in distress. [ [http://www.londonderrysentinel.co.uk/features/Foyle-Search-amp-Rescue-.3678168.jp Foyle Search & Rescue - a fourth emergency service] 2008-01-16, Retrieved 2007-02-16.] [ [http://www.derryjournal.com/journal/TREBLED-Suicide-bids-along-Foyle.3758910.jp TREBLED: Suicide bids along Foyle -in 2007] 2007-02-08Retrieved 2007-02-16.]
Fishing in the Foyle
The Foyle is believed to be one of the best
salmonrivers in Ireland. Details of the fishing regulations are available from the Loughs Agency. [ [http://www.loughs-agency.org/site/ Loughs Agency . org] Retrieved 2008-09-01.] The village of St. Johnston, which lies on the County Donegal bank of the river, is a major fishing settlement on the Foyle.
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