MEI Cultural Spotlight #3 – The River Shannon

February 05, 2016

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The River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland at 360.5 km (224 miles). It runs from Cavan before finishing in Limerick. It divides the west of Ireland from the east and south.

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The river is named after Sionna, a goddess in Irish mythology whose name means “possessor of wisdom”.

Lakes on the Shannon include Lough AllenLough Ree and Lough Derg.

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Flowing through dramatic scenery, it passes through the Hydro-electric Power Station at Ardnacrusha. Built in the 1920s, by 1935 the plant was producing over 80% of Ireland’s electricity.

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Shannon airport was built in 1942 and alongside Cork and Dublin, is one of Ireland’s primary airports. In 2015, it welcomed close to two million visitors to Ireland.


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1985 saw the opening of a 915 MW coal-fired electricity plant at Moneypoint, which is visited regularly by trawlers carrying 150,000 tonnes of coal.

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Finally arriving in Limerick city, the Shannon meets the Atlantic Ocean and the journey is over.

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For more on the River Shannon, check out the below video. Thanks for reading.




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