River Maigue

Coordinates: 52°39′N 8°48′W / 52.650°N 8.800°W / 52.650; -8.800
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River Maigue
River Maigue, Bruree
EtymologyIrish mag, "plain"
Native nameAn Mháigh (Irish)
CitiesBruree, Croom, Adare
Physical characteristics
 • location
Shannon Estuary, County Limerick
Length62.36 km (38.75 mi)
Basin size1,000 km2 (390 sq mi)
 • average15.6 m3/s (550 cu ft/s)

The River Maigue ( /ˈmɡ/ Irish: An Mháigh, meaning "river of the plain")[1] rises in the Milford area of north County Cork, Ireland. The River Maigue is 38.75 miles (62.36 km) long.[2] It drains an area of 1,000 square kilometres (390 sq mi)[3]

It is joined by the small River Glen and the larger River Loobagh in south County Limerick. It then flows north through Bruree, after which it augmented by the River Morning Star. It flows through Croom and Adare before entering the Shannon Estuary (Irish: An tSionainn) just north of Ferry Bridge between Kildimo and Clarina, just west of Limerick city. The River Maigue is tidal up to Adare on the N21 Road Bridge.


In ancient times the Maigue was central to the territories of the O'Donovans and their predecessors in Uí Chairpre Áebda (Cairbre Eva). The majority of its towns and villages were once the sites of fortresses. Later these territories were occupied by the FitzGerald dynasty.

The beautiful slow song in Irish, ‘Slán le Máigh’, was written by Aindrias Mac Craith, a poet from the local area who lived in the 18th century. The song is still widely sung and is also played as a slow air.


River Loobagh[edit]

The Loobagh (Irish: An Lúbach, meaning "The Twisted One") is a river with healthy Trout and Salmon populations. It rises in the hills south of Kilfinane and flows through Kilmallock. It joins the Maigue south of Bruree.

Morning Star River[edit]

The Morning Star is a little river which flows westwards through rich farmland through Bruff and Athlacca to join the Maigue north of Bruree.

Camogue River[edit]

The River Camogue flows in a westerly direction through Grange, Meanus and Manister and joins the Maigue upstream of Croom.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ A. D. Mills, 2003, A Dictionary of British Place-Names, Oxford University Press. Strictly speaking, the Irish term an mháigh means simply, "the plain". In this case, "river of" is an implied auxiliary meaning.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey of Ireland: Rivers and their Catchment Basins 1958 (Table of Reference)
  3. ^ "2". Biology and Management of European Eel (Anguilla anguilla, L) in the Shannon Estuary, Ireland (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 27 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.

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52°39′N 8°48′W / 52.650°N 8.800°W / 52.650; -8.800