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Boyne-Valley from Passage tomb
Boyne-Valley from Passage tomb

The River Boyne (Irish: Abhainn na Bóinne) is a river in Leinster, Ireland, the course of which is about 112 kilometres (70 miles) long. It rises at Trinity Well, Newbury Hall, near Carbury, County Kildare, and flows towards the Northeast through County Meath to reach the Irish Sea at Drogheda. Salmon and trout can be caught in the river, which is surrounded by the Boyne Valley. It is crossed just west of Drogheda by the Boyne River Bridge that carries the M1 motorway and by the Boyne Viaduct that carries the Dublin-Belfast railway line to the east. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 208 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): River Boyne Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 208 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): River Boyne Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... Statistics Area: 19,774. ... A kilometre (American spelling: kilometer) (symbol: km) is a unit of length equal to 1000 metres (from the Greek words khilia = thousand and metro = count/measure). ... A mile is a unit of length, usually used to measure distance, in a number of different systems, including Imperial units, United States customary units and Swedish/Norwegian mil. ... Carbury (Irish: ) is a place in Ireland. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Naas Code: KE Area: 1,693 km² Population (2006) 186,075 Website: www. ... County Meath (Contae na Mí in Irish) is the fastest growing county in the Republic of Ireland, often informally called The Royal County. ... Relief map of the Irish Sea. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Illustration of a male Coho Salmon The Chinook or King Salmon is the largest salmon in North America and can grow to 1. ... Rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss Biwa trout, Oncorhynchus masou subsp Trout is the common name given to a number of species of freshwater fish belonging to the salmon family, Salmonidae. ... Boyne River Bridge, Photo by: Ian G. Bowie, Source The Boyne River Bridge is Ireland’s longest cable-stayed bridge. ... The N1 road is a National Primary Route in the Republic of Ireland, partly connecting Dublin and Belfast along the east of Ireland (mostly as the M1 motorway). ... Motorway symbol in UK, France and Ireland. ... The Boyne Viaduct (Irish: ), a 98ft high railway bridge, or viaduct, that crosses the River Boyne in Drogheda, carrying the main Dublin–Belfast railway line. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ...


Despite its short course, the Boyne has historical, archaeological and mythical connotations. It passes near the ancient city of Trim, Trim Castle, the Hill of Tara (the ancient capital of the High King of Ireland), Navan, the Hill of Slane, Brú na Bóinne (an archaeological site), Mellifont Abbey, and the mediaeval city of Drogheda. In the Boyne Valley can also be found other historical and archaeological monuments, like Loughcrew, Kells, Celtic crosses, castles, and more. The Battle of the Boyne, a major battle in Irish history, took place along the Boyne near Drogheda in 1690 during the Williamite war in Ireland. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Trim Castle (Dublin Side) Trim Castle, [[Trim] (Baile Atha Troim in Irish)], Ireland has an area of 30,000 m². It is the remains of the largest castle in Europe, which was Norman in origin, built primarily by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. ... The Hill of Tara (aerial view) The Hill of Tara (Irish Teamhair na Rí, Hill of the Kings), located near the River Boyne, is a long, low limestone ridge that runs between Navan and Dunshaughlin in County Meath, Leinster, Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... It has been suggested that Slane Hill be merged into this article or section. ... Newgrange, located at , , is one of the passage tombs of the Brú na Bóinne complex in County Meath, is the most famous of all Irish prehistoric sites. ... Mellifont Abbey (Irish: An Mhainistir Mhór, literally the big abbey) was the first Cistercian abbey to be built in Ireland. ... An old mill at Kells Folio 34r of the Book of Kells contains the Chi Rho monogram. ... Combatants Jacobite Forces -6000 French troops, 19,000 Irish Catholic troops Williamite Forces -English, Scottish, Dutch, Danish, Huguenot and Ulster Protestant troops Commanders James VII and II William III of England Strength 25,000 36,000 Casualties ~1,500 ~750 William III (William of Orange) King of England, Scotland and... The first known human settlement in Ireland began around 8000 BC, when hunter-gatherers arrived from Britain and continental Europe, probably via a land bridge. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Events Giovanni Domenico Cassini observes differential rotation within Jupiters atmosphere. ... For the context of this war see Jacobitism and Glorious Revolution. ...


This river has been known since ancient times. The Greek geographer Ptolemy drew a map of Ireland in the 2nd century which included the Boyne, which he called Bovinda, and somewhat later Giraldus Cambrensis called it Boandus. Referring to legendary stories, it was in this river where Fionn mac Cumhail captured Fiontán, the Salmon of Knowledge. It was also said that the river was named after the goddess Boann ('queen' or 'goddess'), according to F. Dinneen, lexicographer of the Irish Gaelic language, and Boyne is an anglicised form of the name. A medieval artists rendition of Claudius Ptolemaeus Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: ; c. ... The 2nd century is the period from 101 - 200 in accordance with the Julian calendar in the Christian Era. ... Giraldus Cambrensis (c. ... Fionn mac Cumhail (earlier Finn or Find mac Cumail or mac Umaill, pronounced roughly Finn mac Cool) was a legendary hunter-warrior of Irish mythology, also known in Scotland and the Isle of Man. ... Statue of Ceres, the Roman goddess of the agriculture A goddess is a female deity, in contrast with a male deity known as a god. Many cultures have goddesses, sometimes alone, but more often as part of a larger pantheon that includes both the conventional genders and in some cases... In Irish mythology, Boann or Boand (white cow) was the goddess of the River Boyne. ...


The Boyne Navigation is a series of canals running roughly parallel to the main river from near Oldbridge to Navan. Owned by An Taisce and currently derelict, the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland are restoring the navigation to navigable status. An Taisce (Irish for The Treasury), also known as the National Trust for Ireland, was established in 1948 and is the most influential environmental body in the Republic of Ireland. ...


There are a number of railway bridges and viaducts crossing the Boyne which are well known.



Rivers of Ireland
Flowing north: Foyle | Bann | Bush | Quoile | Clanrye
Flowing to the Irish Sea: Fane | Boyne | Liffey | Avoca | Slaney | Lagan
Flowing south: Awbeg | The Three Sisters (Barrow, Nore, Suir) | Blackwater | Lee | Bandon
Flowing to the Atlantic: Shannon | Feale | Swilly | Corrib | Erne | Moy

Major tributaries of the Shannon: Deel | Brosna | Inny | Suck | Maigue
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Fly Fishing the Boyne River in Michigan (446 words)
Located in the northern part of Michigan's lower peninsula near its neighbor the Jorden River, the Boyne River is a small to medium size river with diverse angling opportunities.
The river originates from the meeting of the North and South Branches.
The river pulls fairly strong at your legs and careful wading should be considered.
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