River Suck

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River Suck
River Suck, Athleague
Native name An tSuca
Country Ireland
Physical characteristics
Main source Lough O'Flynn, County Roscommon
72 metres (236 ft)
River mouth Atlantic via River Shannon
Length 133 kilometres (83 mi)
  • Average rate:
    22.2 m3/s (780 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 1,600 square kilometres (620 sq mi)

The River Suck (Irish: An tSuca) is a river within the Shannon River Basin in Ireland, 133 km (82.5 mi)[1] in length.

It is the main tributary of the River Shannon. It meets the Shannon a kilometre south of the village of Shannonbridge.

The River Suck drains an area of 1,599 square kilometres (617 sq mi).[2] It forms much of the border between County Roscommon and County Galway, flowing along the western side of County Roscommon. Together with the Shannon on the east, it creates the long narrow form of southern County Roscommon, clearly noticeable on maps.


The river's name is derived from the Irish suca, of uncertain meaning, possibly deriving from succín, Middle Irish for "amber."[3]


Settlements along the river include Athleague, Ballinasloe, Ballyforan, Ballymoe, Castlerea, Glinsk, and Tulrush.

Suck Valley Way[edit]

The Suck Valley Way is a long-distance trail. it is a 105-kilometre (65-mile) long circular route that begins and ends in Castlerea, County Roscommon. It is designated as a National Waymarked Trail by the National Trails Office of the Irish Sports Council and is managed by Roscommon County Council, Roscommon Integrated Development Company and the Suck Valley Committee.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey of Ireland: Rivers and their Catchment Basins 1958 (Table of Reference)
  2. ^ SuckWater Management Unit Action Plan
  3. ^ Turloughs, Floods and Wells Our Irish heritage: National Museum of Ireland. Retrieved: 2018-09-12.
  4. ^ National Trails Office 2010, p. 44.

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Coordinates: 53°16′N 8°03′W / 53.267°N 8.050°W / 53.267; -8.050