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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  • This is an iconic river that runs through the heart of the city. I am sure there are great many secrets Spinny it’s waters because it has cut through the city the entire time it is been there. Interes...  more »
  • The Liffey river is not the Thames, the Seine or the Tevere rivers. Yet, it is a landmark of Dublin. Overall, I do think it is worthy a visit, but be careful of pickpockets, because petty crimes are r...  more »
  • Will become the point of reference and will cross the vs over and over again! Do it day or night x doesn't miss the illuminated bridges! The most famous and the Ha'penny Bridge which leaves you to temple bar!
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Dublin offers everything from luxury hotels to eclectic guesthouses. Explore over 1,000 years of history in the city on foot by staying at one of the hotels or hostels in the city center. The south side of the river has always been a popular place to stay, particularly near Temple University or the tourist nightlife center Temple Bar, but a new crop of attractive options has popped up on the north side as well. For more affordable accommodations, try a hostel or make your way toward St. Stephen's Green for a more comfortable stay at a mid-range hotel. If the artistic spirit of Dublin is what beckoned you, spend your holiday in a guesthouse near the creative Lower Gardiner Street.
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