At the shannon river?

Last Update: April 20, 2022

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The River Shannon, at 360.5 km in length, is the longest river on the island of Ireland, as well as the longest river in either Great Britain or Ireland. It drains the Shannon River Basin, which has an area of 16,865 km², - one fifth of the area of the island.

Why is it called the River Shannon?

How did the River Shannon get its name? The River Shannon means 'wise river'. It is named after Sionnan, the granddaughter of Manannán Mac Lir (Son of the Sea), a sea deity in Celtic mythology. Sionnan means “possessor of wisdom” and the Irish name for the River Shannon is Abhainn na Sionainne.

Where is the Shannon River located?

River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, rising in northwestern County Cavan and flowing for about 161 miles (259 km) in a southerly direction to enter the Atlantic Ocean via a 70-mile (113-kilometre) estuary below Limerick city.

Can you swim in the River Shannon?

Swimming – pack your bathers, as the fresh and unpolluted water of the River Shannon is perfect for a dip. The river is also quite shallow in some areas so even children can enjoy a splash around too.

Is the River Shannon Freshwater?

The Shannon Basin is Ireland's largest basin with an area of 11,700 km2 (4,500 sq mi). ... The River Shannon is a traditional freshwater river for just 45% of its total length. Excluding the 63.5-mile (102.2 km) tidal estuary from its total length of 224 miles (360 km), if one also excludes the lakes (L. Derg 24 mi, L.

World's Most Scenic Journey River Shannon Killaloe County Clare Channel 5. Photo by Jimmy Howard

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