- River Bann
The River Bann ( _ga. An Bhanna) is the longest
riverin Northern Ireland, the total length being 80 miles (129 km). The river winds its way from the south east corner of the province to the north west coast, pausing in the middle to widen into the enormous Lough Neagh. The river has played an important part in the industrialisation of the north of Ireland, especially in the Linen Industry. Today Salmonand Eelfisheries are the most important economic features of the river. The river is often used as a dividing line between the eastern and western areas of Northern Ireland, often labelled the "Bann divide". Towns, councils and businesses "west of the Bann" are often seen as having less investment and government spending than those to the east. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/3685355.stm BBC News] ] It is also seen as a religious or political divide, with Catholics or Nationalists being in the majority to the west, and Protestants or Unionists in the majority to the east. [ [http://cain.ulst.ac.uk/csc/reports/register.htm Register Of Research On Northern Ireland 1993 Edition, CAIN web service] ] [ [http://www.nwipp-newspapers.com/SC/free/288853275359968.php "Strabane Chronicle] ]
The Upper Bann rises in the
Mourne Mountainsin County Downand flows into Lough Neaghat Bannfoot, County Armagh. This stretch is one of the most popular coarse fishing rivers in Europe. Near Portadownit connects with the now disused Newry Canal, which once gave access south to the Irish Sea.
The Lower Bann flows from Lough Neagh at
Toometo the Atlantic Oceanat Portstewart. The river is a canalised waterway with five locks along its 38 miles (51km). The river is very popular with water sports enthusiasts, anglers and cruisers and has minimal commercial traffic. It acts as most of the border between County Antrimand County Londonderry. The only commercial port on the river is at Coleraine. Ships from Londonderry Portand the Port of Belfasttransfer coal and scrap metal.
List of rivers of Northern Ireland
* [http://www.riverbannireland.com/ River Bann, Ireland] - River Bann user and visitor information
* [http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/product.aspx?ProductID=2423 Discover Northern Ireland] - Upper Bann
* [http://www.discovernorthernireland.com/product.aspx?ProductID=7102 Discover Northern Ireland] - Lower Bann
* [http://www.waterwaysireland.org/lowerbann/ Waterways Ireland] - Lower Bann information page.
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