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River Blackwater (Enfield)
Native name An Abhainn Dubh
Country Ireland
Physical characteristics
Main source Derrymahon, County Kildare
90 m (300 ft)
River mouth Donore, Co. Meath to River Boyne, thence to Irish Sea
Length 24.5 km (15.2 mi)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    0.24 m3/s (8.5 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 126.8 km2 (49.0 sq mi)

The River Blackwater (Irish: An Abhainn Dubh), also called the Enfield Blackwater, or Kildare Blackwater is a river that flows through the counties of Kildare and Meath in Ireland. It is a tributary of the River Boyne which flows into the Irish Sea at Drogheda.

Course

The Enfield Blackwater has its source in the north of Kildare, near Timahoe. It flows northwest past Knockanally Golf Club, through Johnstown Bridge and along the Kildare-Meath county border. It is bridged by the M4 motorway west of Enfield and then passes under the Royal Canal via the Blackwater Aqueduct at Kilmorebrannagh/Kilmurry and continue to form the Kildare-Meath border until it veers northwards near Longwood and passes under the R160 road. The Enfield Blackwater drains into the River Boyne in Donore, County Meath about 12km southwest of Trim, County Meath, just below Inchamore Bridge.

Wildlife

Brown trout are the main fish species.

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