River Bandon

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River Bandon
Bandon River view - geograph.org.uk - 552752.jpg
River Bandon
Origin Shehy Mountains, Cork
Mouth Celtic Sea at Kinsale Harbour
Basin countries Ireland
Length 72 km (45 mi) [1]
Source elevation 535 metres (1,755 ft)
Basin area 609 km² (235 sq mi)

The River Bandon is a river in County Cork in Ireland. It rises at Nowen Hill (one of the Shehy Mountains), to the north of Drimoleague.

The river then flows to Dunmanway, before turning eastward towards the twin villages of Ballineen and Enniskean. The Bandon then flows through the centre of Bandon town, and on to the villages of Innishannon and Kilmacsimon, before draining into Kinsale Harbour on Ireland's south coast.

Tributaries of the Bandon include the Sally River and the Brewery River at Dunmanway, the "Small Blackwater" near Ballineen, and the Bridewell River at Bandon. The river is crossed by a total of 15 bridges (including two footbridges). There were also four railway bridges, one of which is still intact (on farmland near Dunmanway). The remains of the others, near Murragh, Bandon, and Inishannon, consist only of abutments and/or piers, with the spans having been removed.

The River Bandon is famous for its Atlantic salmon fishing: the biggest recorded salmon caught in Ireland since 1991 was landed by Bill Canning of Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny on 7 July 2008. Mr Canning's salmon weighed 28 lbs 3 oz (12.8 kg) and is on display in the Munster Arms hotel in Bandon town.

Floods of November 2009[edit]

On 19 and 20 November 2009 the river burst its banks for the first time in many years, causing large-scale flood damage to Bandon town and at other points along the river.

Last meander, with the mouth on the left and Kinsale on the right

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] - gofishingIreland.com, River Bandon

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Coordinates: 51°40′41″N 8°30′12″W / 51.678°N 8.50333°W / 51.678; -8.50333