River Liffey, Dublin

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The River Liffey is a river in Ireland, which flows through the centre of Dublin. Its major tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac. The river supplies much of Dublin's water and a range of recreational activities.NameThe river was previously named An Ruirthech, meaning "fast runner". The word Liphe referred originally to the name of the plain through which the river ran, but eventually came to refer to the river itself. It was also known as the Anna Liffey, possibly from an anglicisation of Abhainn na Life, the Irish phrase that translates into English as "River Liffey". James Joyce embodies the river as "Anna Livia Plurabelle" in Finnegans Wake.Course and systemThe Liffey rises in the Liffey Head Bog between Kippure and Tonduff in the Wicklow Mountains, forming from many streamlets at Sally Gap. It flows for 132km through counties Wicklow, Kildare and Dublin before entering the Irish Sea at its mouth at the midpoint of Dublin Bay, on a line extending from the Baily lighthouse to the Muglin Rocks. It crosses from County Wicklow into County Kildare at Poulaphouca and from County Kildare into County Dublin at Leixlip, with most of its length being in Kildare.
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  • Downtown Dublin is a truly delightful place for pub crawling, seeking out small or boutique restaurants, and just general sightseeing. Through it all, however, flows this peaceful river that offers be...  more »
  • It was almost scary how fast the water was moving. I kinda didn't want my family to get too close! We walked over the HA Penny Bridge to get our pictures there. It's lit up at night. Impressive River!  more »
  • The river, dividing Dublin right at its core, is nearby several interesting routes for tourists, so it's easy to spot.  more »

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