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Kings River
Kings River at Kells, County Kilkenny
Kings River at Kells
Map showing the location of the Three Sisters rivers.
Map showing the location of the Three Sisters rivers.
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Location of the mouth in Ireland.
Native name Abhainn Rí
County Ireland
Counties Tipperary/Kilkenny
Physical characteristics
Main source Slieveardagh Hills
52°35′22″N 7°33′32″W / 52.5894521°N 7.5587721°W / 52.5894521; -7.5587721
River mouth River Nore
Celtic Sea, as the River Nore
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52°33′45″N 7°11′33″W / 52.5624522°N 7.192368°W / 52.5624522; -7.192368
Length 46.27 kilometres (28.75 mi)
Basin features
Progression River NoreCeltic Sea
River system River Nore/ Three Sisters

The Kings River (Irish: Abhainn Rí) is a river in Ireland, flowing through County Tipperary and County Kilkenny. It is a tributary of the River Nore, and its catchment a part of the Nore catchment area.



From the townland of Graigaman, in the Civil Parish of Buolick in the barony of Slievardagh, the Kings River drains the southern side of the Slieveardagh Hills, and, flowing southeast, crosses into County Kilkenny, is joined by the Munster River before passing through the town of Callan, continuing eastwards, passing Kells, and joining the River Nore west of Thomastown.

Detail and tributaries

The Kings River begins with the Coalbrook and Garranacoll streams. It carries on for over 70 kilometres (43 mi) where it is joined by the River Modeshil and River Munster over the next 60 kilometres (37 mi). The River Kilbride also joins after Callan. The next 40 kilometres (25 mi) sees the tributaries of Caherlesk and Desart streams, as well as the River Glory and the Stonyford stream. The Kings River is then joined by the Ennisnag stream before flowing into the Nore.

Additional tributaries include one that starts as a spring in the townland of Ballyphilip, Balingarry Civil Parish, joining the river above Wilford, one above Enterprise Centre, near Ballingarry, and one at Rivergrove, Kilkenny.


The responsible local authorities are Tipperary County Council and Kilkenny County Council.

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