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Figile River
Figile river.jpg
Native name Abhainn Fhiodh Gaibhle
Country Ireland
Physical characteristics
Main source Cushaling, County Offaly
70 m (230 ft)
River mouth River Barrow
Monasterevin, County Kildare
Length 33.4 km (20.8 mi)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    0.350 m3/s (12.4 cu ft/s)
Basin features
River system Three Sisters
Basin size 639 km2 (247 sq mi)
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Black River, River Cushaling, Slate River
  • Right:
    Crabtree River

The Figile River ( Irish: Abhainn Fhiodh Gaibhle) is a river in eastern Ireland.

Name

The earliest recorded name is Fidgable/Fid nGabli, meaning "Gabul's Wood", recorded in the Book of Leinster and the Metrical Dindshenchas, both c. 1160. It is also mentioned in Buile Shuibhne ("Suibhne's Frenzy", 12th century) as Fiodh Gaibhle, a site of refuge for the maddened Suibhne where he lived for a year, eating holly berries and acorns and drinking from uisci na Gabhla ("Gabul's waters"). The Anglicisation Fegowly first appears in the 17th century, becoming Feagile on Alex Taylor's 1783 map and Figile on the 1843 Ordnance Survey map. It was here that Fionn Mac Cumhaill is said to have been concealed by his mother Muirne from his family's enemies and brought up by her sisters deep in the woods after the killing of his father.

Course

The Figile River begins at the union of the Crabtree and Cushaling rivers, near the County Kildare-County Offaly border. It meets the Black River tributary and continues northwest, crossing and recrossing the bog railway. It crosses under the R401 at the Cloncreen Bridge, a triple-arch masonry bridge, built c. 1790. The Figile continues south, meeting the Philipstown River outside Clonbulloge. It is bridged by the R442 at Saint Patrick's Bridge and flows on southwards, passing under the R442 again near Millgrove House. The Figile passes under the R419 west of Bracknagh and flows on southeast where it is joined by the Slate River and the Cushina River before entering County Kildare at Pollagorteen. It continues southward through Clogheen and forms part of the County Laois-County Kildare border, draining into the River Barrow at Passlands, just north of Monasterevin.

Wildlife

The Figile is known as a brown trout, common bream, common rudd, common roach and northern pike fishery.

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