River Clare

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River Clare
River Clare (Abhainn an Chláir) - geograph.org.uk - 1255253.jpg
The Clare on the east side of Lackagh
Native name Abhainn an Chláir
Etymology River of the plain
Country Ireland
Cities Claregalway, Corofin, County Galway, Milltown, Ballyhaunis
Basin features
River mouth 5 metres (16 ft)
53°19′48″N 9°02′56″E / 53.330°N 9.049°E / 53.330; 9.049Coordinates: 53°19′48″N 9°02′56″E / 53.330°N 9.049°E / 53.330; 9.049
River system Corrib
Basin size 1,108 km2 (428 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 93 kilometres (58 mi)
  • Average rate:
    22.9 m3/s (810 cu ft/s)

The River Clare (Irish: Abhainn an Chláir) is a river in counties Mayo and Galway in Ireland.[1][2]

The 93 kilometres (58 mi) long river rises north of Ballyhaunis in Mayo and descends past Dunmore, where it flows west, then turns south past Milltown, continuing down through Kilbennan Church near Tuam. It continues south until past Turloughmore, then turns sharply west, flowing north of Claregalway and, thence, further westward into Lough Corrib. From there it flows as the River Corrib into Galway Bay.[3]

A large section of it is a former turlough (Irish: turlach), which, at 6.5 square kilometres, used to be Ireland's largest.

The Clare is the longest river in the Lough Corrib catchment. It has since the 1960s been subject to ongoing arterial drainage to lower the bed of the river and mitigate flooding. This has resulted in the river being straightened and canalized between ramparts of dredge material making access to the river difficult and compromising its value as a public amenity. It is an important spawning channel for salmon and trout and a noted fishery in its own right for both species. Many young teenagers also swim in it during the summer


  1. ^ Rivers of Ireland: A Flyfisher's Guide 5th ed., Peter O'Reilly, 2002, ISBN 1-873674-53-8. Retrieved: 2010-08-05
  2. ^ Notes on River Basins, Robert A. Williams. Retrieved: 2010-08-05
  3. ^ History of Claregalway, Joe O'Connell, 2007. claregalway.net. Retrieved: 2010-08-05