River Fane

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River Fane
Island in Lough Ross - geograph.org.uk - 1282558.jpg
Lough Ross, source of the Fane
Native name Abhainn Átha Féan
Etymology Perhaps "river of the ford of carts"
Country Ireland
Basin features
Main source Lough Ross, County MonaghanArmagh
River mouth Irish Sea via Dundalk Bay
Basin size 350 km2 (140 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 61.56 kilometres (38.25 mi)
  • Average rate:
    15.39 m3/s (543 cu ft/s)[1]

The River Fane (Irish: Abhainn Átha Féan) is a river originating in Lough Ross on the border of County Monaghan and County Armagh.[2] It then flows east towards Dundalk Bay, straddling the border between Counties Monaghan, Louth and Armagh flowing through Inniskeen, Knockbridge, before meeting Dundalk Bay near Blackrock, County Louth. The Fane River is 38.25 miles long and drains an area of 350 km2[3]

It is, through the Cavan Hill pumping station, a major source of fresh water for Dundalk and the surrounding area in North Louth.


Runoff from fuel laundering, carried out in the region, is a major source of Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which have severely affected salmon stocks in the region.[4]

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