Ireland’s Five Longest Rivers & Their Mythical Stories |My latest article for Irish Central

The River Boyne, a mighty river indeed, and famous for its mythology, but surprisingly, NOT one of Ireland's longest.

The River Boyne, a mighty river indeed, and famous for its mythology, but surprisingly, NOT one of Ireland’s longest.

For those who are interested, my latest article for Irish Central entitled Ireland’s Five Longest Rivers and their Mythical Stories has just been published.

 

9 Comments on “Ireland’s Five Longest Rivers & Their Mythical Stories |My latest article for Irish Central

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  2. This is a really good one, Ali. Water mythology with me is as strong as Tree mythology. I’m not so passionate about the stones as most mythology seekers seem to be. If I’m not in the woods I love to be on the water. One point you bring up I tend to often mockingly dispute, due to some mythology stories. This is around Shannon Pot being called the source of The Shannon. However, when you go there and believing it is the source, while there, it is has a powerful resonance too. Why those stupid visitors signs there tell visitors it may not be the Shannon source is crazy. C’mon Cavan council, join in the story, join in the dream. However, there are also stories of the Shannon one starting below the CΓ©is Coarran mountain here and that what is now Boyle River now, entering into the Shannon was the real Shannon river once, and the rest a tributary. Despite all that this is a beautiful reflective read , Ali. Very nice. I have travelled by boat on most of Ireland’s waterways, but not The Barrow yet. It really is a must do πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you John! I agree with you about the power of water, it is a huge draw for me, too, whether sea, river or lake. Having said that, I have a terrible fear of drowning! I must admit, standing at the Shannon Pot, it is hard to imagine that it could be the source of a river like the Shannon. I certainly didn’t get the feeling that it could be the site of Connla’s Well, although I do like the idea that 5 streams fed out of it… they could have led anywhere, so why not the five greatest rivers! I have never heard the story of the Shannon starting in CΓ©is Coarran mountain, or that the Boyle was the original Shannon, but I’m open to that… I always wondered how anyone could be so sure that the river which exited the three loughs along the Shannon was the same one as that which entered them, maybe they’re actually 3 different rivers all along. I really am going to have to head up your way and meet you, and hear your stories first hand! I hope you’ve written them all down!

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