River Clare facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsRiver Clare
The Clare on the east side of Lackagh
|Native name||Abhainn an Chláir|
|Cities||Claregalway, Corofin, County Galway, Milltown, Ballyhaunis|
|River mouth||5 metres (16 ft)|
|Length||93 kilometres (58 mi)|
|Basin size||1,108 km2 (428 sq mi)|
The 93 kilometres (58 mi) long river rises north of Ballyhaunis in Mayo and descends past Dunmore, where it flows west, then turns south past Milltown continuing down through Kilbennan Church near Tuam. It continues south until past Turloughmore, then turns sharply west, flowing north of Claregalway and, thence, further westward into Lough Corrib. The River Corrib flow from the lake into Galway Bay. The Clare is the longest river in the Lough Corrib catchment.
The Clare has since the 1950s been subject to ongoing arterial drainage to lower the bed of the river and mitigate flooding. This has resulted in the river being straightened and canalized between ramparts of dredge material making access to the river difficult and compromising its value as a public amenity.
Many young teenagers also swim in it during the summer.
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