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					The River Shannon




 Ireland’s longest river:
386 km or 240 miles long.
    Did you know how the river got its
                name?
   The Shannon is named after Sionnan, who was the
    granddaughter of Manannan Mac Lir, or God of the
    Sea.

   She came to this spot [the Shannon pot, where the
    river begins in the Cuilcagh Mountains, Co Cavan] to
    eat the fruit of the forbidden, or the Tree of
    Knowledge, which was planted by the Druids.

   As she began to eat it, the waters of the pool sprang
    up and overwhelmed her, drawing her down into it to
    flow out later across the land, thus the River Shannon
    sprung up.
     Course of the River
          Shannon
   The Shannon’s source
    is in the Cuilcagh
    Mountains, in Co
    Cavan.
   It is a small lake
    called the Shannon
    Pot, which is 14.6m
    deep at its deepest
    point.
    Counties that the Shannon runs
               through
   Cavan
   Fermanagh
   Leitrim
   Longford
   Roscommon
   Offaly
   Tipperary
   Clare
   Limerick
   Galway
   Kerry : it touches off the coast of Kerry when it flows into the
    sea.
   Westmeath
Tributaries of the River Shannon
   A tributary is a stream or a river that flows into
    another river.
   The River Shannon has many tributaries. Can
    you find these on the map?
   The River Suck
   The Inny River
   The River Brosna
   The Nenagh River
   The Mulcair River
Rivers of
  Ireland:
Can you see
  the
  Shannon?
     Lakes on the River Shannon

   There are three main lakes on the River
    Shannon. Find these on your map:
       Lough Allen
       Lough Ree
       Lough Derg
  Map of the
   towns and
villages on the
Shannon Erne
   Waterway
     The Shannon-Erne Waterway:
    How do we link up with the River
              Shannon?
   The Shannon-Erne Waterway is a canal linking the River
    Shannon in the Republic of Ireland with the River Erne in
    Northern Ireland.
   It is managed by Waterways Ireland.
   The canal is 63 km (39 mi) in length, has sixteen locks and runs
    from Leitrim village in County Leitrim to Upper Lough Erne in
    County Fermanagh.
   If we wanted to hire a boat on the Shannon-Erne waterway, what
    town would we go to ? [Hint: It is not too far from Ballyshannon…]
[L E L E K B]
   http://www.waterwaysireland.org/erne/ Let’s examine a map of the
    Shannon Erne waterway.
     How is the Shannon connected
              with Dublin?
   The Shannon River is       Statue of the Irish poet,
                                Patrick Kavanagh, on the
    connected with Dublin       banks of the Grand Canal,
    through two canals,         Dublin.
    the Royal Canal and
    the Grand Canal.
Where does the Shannon enter the
              sea?
   The Shannon River flows into
    the Atlantic Ocean at its mouth,
    the Shannon Estuary.

   The estuary has Limerick at its
    head and its seaward limits are
    marked by Loop Head to the
    north and Kerry Head to the
    south.

   The estuary defines the main
    boundary between County
    Kerry/County Limerick to the
    south and County Clare to the
    north.
                                          Map of the Shannon Estuary
Town Challenge
   In your Geography copy, and
    using your atlas/map of
    Ireland, list five towns that
    the Shannon River flows
    through.

   Hint: Check these websites for
    some help:

   http://www.iwai.ie/maps/shan
    nonerne/index.html

   http://www.cruiseireland.com
    /ireland/images/map.jpg
                 Weblinks

   http://www.discoverloughderg.ie/Introduc
    tion/RiverShannon/RiverShannonTributarie
    s/ : find out more about Lough Derg.
   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lough_ree:
    Find out more about Lough Ree
   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lough_allen:
    Find out more about Lough Allen

				
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