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River Liffey
Boardwalks of Liffey and O'Connell Bridge, in Dublin
Origin Mt. Kippure, County Wicklow
Mouth Irish Sea at Dublin Bay
Basin countries Ireland
Length ~125 km (75 mi)
Source elevation ~500 m (1,640 ft)
Avg. discharge N/A
Basin area N/A
 The Liffey in West Wicklow
The Liffey in West Wicklow

The Liffey (An Life in Irish) is a river in the Republic of Ireland, which flows through the centre of Dublin. The word Liphe or Life was the name of the plain through which the river ran, rather than the name of the river. The proper name of the river was An Ruirthech, 'the strong running'. The Liffey is Dublin's main river, and major tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1600x1200, 676 KB) Description: River Liffey and OConnell Bridge, Dublin, Ireland Source: Photographed it myself in august 2003 Photographer: Thorsten Pohl Thpohl File links The following pages link to this file: River Liffey ... OConnell Bridge is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, and joining OConnell Street to DOlier Street and the south quays. ... [[ == Headline text == This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Wicklow Code: WW Area: 2,024 km² Population (2002) 114,676 Website: www. ... Relief map of the Irish Sea. ... Dublin Bay in relation to Ireland. ... This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... [[ == Headline text == This article does not cite its references or sources. ... In hydrology, the discharge of a river is the volume of water transported by it in a certain amount of time. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2592 × 1944 pixel, file size: 1. ... This bridge across the Danube River links Hungary with Slovakia. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... The River Dodder (An Dothra in Irish)) rises on the northern slopes of Kippure in the Dublin Mountains. ... The River Poddle rises in Fettercairn, Tallaght, flows through Templeogue and eventually into the Liffey near Wood Quay. ... The River Camac (sometimes spelled Cammock) is a river in Dublin which rises to the west and flows through Inchicore and Kilmainham before entering the Liffey around Heuston Station. ...

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Course

The Liffey rises near Kippure, a mountain in County Wicklow, and flows for around 125 km (75 miles) through counties Wicklow, Kildare and Dublin before entering the Irish Sea in Dublin Bay. Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Wicklow Code: WW Area: 2,024 km² Population (2002) 114,676 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Naas Code: KE Area: 1,693 km² Population (2006) 186,075 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Dublin Code: D Area: 921 km² Population (2006) 1,186,821 County Dublin (Irish: Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath), or more correctly today the Dublin Region[1] (Réigiúin Átha Cliath), is the area that contains the city of Dublin, the capital and largest city... Relief map of the Irish Sea. ... Dublin Bay in relation to Ireland. ...


There are three ESB hydroelectric power stations along the river, at Poulaphouca, Golden Falls and Leixlip, as well as a number of minor private installations. The Electricity Supply Board (ESB) (Bord Soláthair an Leictreachais in Irish), sometimes called ESB Ireland to differentiate it from US utilities, is responsible for generating and transmitting most of the electricity in the Republic of Ireland. ... Hydraulic turbine and electrical generator. ... Poulaphouca (Poll an Phúca in Irish, The Devils Hole) is a small village in County Wicklow, Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ...


Towns along the river include Ballymore Eustace, Newbridge, Caragh, Celbridge, Leixlip and Lucan before the river reaches the city of Dublin at its mouth. Ballymore Eustace is a town in County Kildare in Ireland, near the border with County Wicklow. ... Newbridge is the name of at least two places: Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland - sometimes known by its Irish name, Droichead Nua Newbridge, Wales (traditionally in Monmouthshire), United Kingdom Newbridge, Wolverhampton, a suburb of Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ...


Navigation and use

The River Liffey in Dublin city has been used for many centuries for trade, from the Viking beginnings of the city up to recent times. (see History of Dublin, and Dublin Port, and Poolbeg Marina). The term Viking commonly denotes the ship-borne explorers, traders, and warriors of the Norsemen (literally, men from the north) who originated in Scandinavia and raided the coasts of the British Isles, France and other parts of Europe as far east as the Volga River in Russia from the late... The City of Dublin can trace its origin back 2000 years, and for much of this time it has been Irelands capital and center of culture, education and industry. ... Dublin Port is Irelands biggest sea port. ...


A well-known sight on the Liffey up to the 1990s, the Lady Patricia[1] and Miranda Guinness[2] cargo ships were used to export Guinness from the St. James's Gate Brewery. For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Hapag-Lloyd Container ship Container ship A cargo ship or freighter is any sort of ship or vessel that carries cargo, goods, and materials from one port to another. ... Guinness logo World War II era advert. ... St. ...


In recent years, the only regular traffic on the river within the city is the Liffey Voyage water tour bus service, which runs guided tours along the River Liffey through Dublin City centre. Departing from the boardwalk downstream of the Ha'penny Bridge, the Spirit of the Docklands runs under O'Connell Bridge, Butt Bridge and the Talbot Memorial Bridge on a journey downstream, passing the Custom House before turning at the Grand Canal Basin and back up stream. Built by Westers Mekaniska in Sweden, this 50 passenger water taxi, has variable ballast tanks (not unlike a submarine) and an exceptionally low air draught which means that at low tide it can float high, but at high tide it can ride low and pass below the Liffey Bridges. Dublins famous Hapenny Bridge Beyond it, the dome of the eighteenth century Custom House and Liberty Hall, Dublins tallest building. ... The south facade of the Custom House by night The Custom House is a [neoclassical] 18th century building in Dublin, Ireland which houses the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. ... The Grand Canal begins on the Southside of Dublin, Ireland. ... A New York Water Taxi docks at Pier 11 near Wall Street. ... A ballast tank is a compartment within a boat that holds water. ... German UC-1 class World War I submarine A model of Günther Priens Unterseeboot 47 (U-47), German WWII Type VII diesel-electric hunter Typhoon class nuclear ballistic missile submarine USS Virginia, a Virginia-class nuclear attack (SSN) submarine A submarine is a watercraft that can operate underwater... This article is about tides in the ocean. ... High Tide was a band that was formed in 1969 by Tony Hill (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), Simon House (violin and keyboards), Pete Pavli (bass) and Roger Hadden (drums). ...


High speed trips out the historically unnavigable mouth of the Liffey are also available by way of Sea Safari


Downstream of the East-Link bridge, the river is still mainly used for commercial and ferry traffic, with some recreational use also. The East-Link is a toll bridge in Dublin, Ireland, on the River Liffey. ... The ferryboat Dongan Hills, filled with commuters, about to dock at a New York City pier, ca. ...


Upstream from the city, at Chapelizod, the river is used by both university and Garda rowing clubs. The Liffey Descent canoeing event, held each year since 1960, covers a 27 km (17 miles) course from Straffan to Islandbridge. Chapelizod is Ireland oldest villege. ... Garda Síochána na hÉireann (pronounced ; Irish for Peace Guard of Ireland, often rendered[1] as The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland) is the police force of the Republic of Ireland. ... A coxless pair which is a sweep-oar boat. ... Canoeing is the recreational or sporting activity of paddling a canoe or kayak. ... Straffan is a small village in County Kildare, Republic of Ireland, on the banks of the River Liffey. ...


Crossings

Dividing the Northside of Dublin from the Southside, the Liffey is spanned by numerous bridges mostly open to road traffic. These are (listed from West to East): Traffic passing the Independent Bridge at Drumcondra The harbour at Howth The Northside is the area in Dublin City, Ireland bounded to the south by the River Liffey, to the east by Dublin Bay and to the north and west by the M50 motorway. ... The Southside is not an official administrative area but a colloquial term. ... A log bridge in the French Alps near Vallorcine. ...

The Kildare Hotel and Golf Club (usually referred to as the K Club) is a golf and leisure complex located at Straffan, County Kildare, Republic of Ireland. ... Lucan Bridge is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in the village of Lucan in Dublin, Ireland. ... The West-Link is a toll bridge on the M50 motorway to the west of Dublin, Ireland. ... The M50 motorway is a motorway and National Primary Route in the Republic of Ireland running in a C-shaped ring around the northern, western and southern sides of the capital city, Dublin. ... The Anna Livia Bridge (formerly Chapelizod Bridge) is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland and joining the Lucan Road to Chapelizod Road. ... Chapelizod is Ireland oldest villege. ... Island Bridge (formerly Sarah Bridge) is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey, in Dublin, Ireland and joining the South Circular Road to Conyngham Road at the Phoenix Park. ... The Liffey Railway Bridge is a rail bridge spanning the River Liffey near Dublin Heuston railway station in Dublin, Ireland. ... Sean Heuston Bridge is a cast iron bridge spanning the River Liffey near Heuston Station, Dublin. ... Frank Sherwin Bridge is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland. ... Rory OMore Bridge is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland and joining Watling Street (by the Guinness grounds) to Ellis Street and the north quays. ... Named after the famous Dublin author James Joyce. ... Mellows Bridge is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey, in Dublin, Ireland and joining Queen Street and Arran Quay to the south quays. ... Father Mathew Bridge is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland and joining Merchants Quay to Church Street and the north quays. ... ODonovan Rossa Bridge is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland and joining Wine Tavern Street to Chancery Place (at the Four Courts) and the north quays. ... River Liffey: Millennium Bridge in front & Grattan Bridge behind. ... River Liffey: Millennium Bridge in front & Grattan Bridge behind. ... Dublins famous Hapenny Bridge Beyond it, the dome of the eighteenth century Custom House and Liberty Hall, Dublins tallest building. ... OConnell Bridge is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, and joining OConnell Street to DOlier Street and the south quays. ... Butt Bridge is a road bridge in Dublin, Ireland which spans the River Liffey and joins Georges Quay to Beresford Place and the north quays at Liberty Hall. ... Loopline Bridge (or the Liffey Viaduct) is a railway bridge spanning the River Liffey (and several roads) in Dublin, Ireland. ... The Talbot Memorial Bridge is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin city centre in the Republic of Ireland. ... Sean OCasey Bridge is a pedestrian bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, joining Sir John Rogersons Quay in the Grand Canal Docks area, to North Wall Quay and the IFSC. The bridge was built in 2005, as part of a large-scale urban renewal scheme under the... The East-Link is a toll bridge in Dublin, Ireland, on the River Liffey. ...

Quays

A view upstream from Grattan Bridge, towards the Four Courts (the domed building), with Essex Quay and Wood Quay on the right bank (left of picture) and Upper Ormond Quay on the left bank (right of picture).
A view upstream from Grattan Bridge, towards the Four Courts (the domed building), with Essex Quay and Wood Quay on the right bank (left of picture) and Upper Ormond Quay on the left bank (right of picture).

The song about Seamus Rafferty refers to the "bowsies on the quay" - However, recent years have seen much development on the quays, with the addition of linear parks and overhanging boardwalks which give the river banks renewed life. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 285 pixel Image in higher resolution (3964 × 1412 pixel, file size: 847 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): River Liffey Metadata... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 285 pixel Image in higher resolution (3964 × 1412 pixel, file size: 847 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): River Liffey Metadata... River Liffey: Millennium Bridge in front & Grattan Bridge behind. ... The Four Courts (Na Ceithre Cúirteanna in Irish) in Dublin is the Republic of Irelands main courts building. ... Wood Quay is a riverside area of Dublin that was one of the most important sites of Viking settlement in the city. ... The bed of this stream is made up of rocks, some very rounded (having had a longer life in the stream) and some not. ... The bed of this stream is made up of rocks, some very rounded (having had a longer life in the stream) and some not. ... Photograph of the boardwalk in Atlantic City, NJ, USA, taken August 2003. ...


The quays of the Liffey include: Custom House Quay, Bachelor's Walk, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Eden Quay and Merchant's Quay.


In print and song

From Joyce to Radiohead, the Liffey is often referenced in literature and song: James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (Irish Séamus Seoighe; 2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish writer and poet, widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. ... Radiohead are an English rock band from Oxfordshire, initially formed in the mid-1980s under the name On a Friday. ...

"riverrun, past Eve and Adam's, from swerve of shore to bend of bay, brings us by a commodius vicus of recirculation back to Howth Castle and Environs."
James Joyce, Finnegans Wake (first sentence of novel).
A skiff, a crumpled throwaway, Elijah is coming, rode lightly down the Liffey, under Loopline Bridge, shooting the rapids where water chafed around the bridgepiers, sailing eastward past hulls and anchorchains, between the Custom House old dock and George’s quay.
James Joyce, Ulysses (novel)
That there, that's not me - I go where I please - I walk through walls - I float down the Liffey
Radiohead, "How to Disappear Completely" from album Kid A
"Somebody once said that 'Joyce has made of this river the Ganges of the literary world,' but sometimes the smell of the Ganges of the literary world is not all that literary."
Brendan Behan, Confessions of an Irish Rebel.



James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (Irish Séamus Seoighe; 2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish writer and poet, widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. ... Finnegans Wake, published in 1939, is James Joyces final novel. ... Loopline Bridge (or the Liffey Viaduct) is a railway bridge spanning the River Liffey (and several roads) in Dublin, Ireland. ... The south facade of the Custom House by night The Custom House is a [neoclassical] 18th century building in Dublin, Ireland which houses the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. ... James Augustine Aloysius Joyce (Irish Séamus Seoighe; 2 February 1882 – 13 January 1941) was an Irish writer and poet, widely considered to be one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. ... Ulysses is a 1922 novel by James Joyce, first serialised in parts in the American journal The Little Review from 1918 to 1920, and published in its entirety by Sylvia Beach on February 2, 1922, in Paris. ... Radiohead are an English rock band from Oxfordshire, initially formed in the mid-1980s under the name On a Friday. ... How to Disappear Completely is the fourth track on the 2000 album Kid A by the English band Radiohead. ... Kid A is the fourth studio album by the English band Radiohead, released in 2000, on September 27 in Japan, October 2 in the United Kingdom and October 3 in North America. ... Brendan Francis Behan (Irish: Breandán Ó Beacháin) (February 9, 1923 - March 20, 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist and playwright who wrote in both Irish and English. ...

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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