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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  • The river is called "the" Liffey (like: the Thames, the Danube, the Elbe). It is incomprehensible to me that people who were in Dublin do not know that. They probably haven't spoken to locals. By the way, you can also read it on Wikipedia.
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  • This is a tidal river flowing through the heart of Dublin. We first encountered it at low tide so it was not very attractive. It seems to be a busy river, with a lot of recreational activities and we ...  more »
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  • Beautiful place to have a walk or to just sit by the river.
  • Was great to have the Mexican naval ship in for a visit
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