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River Robe
River Robe in Brickens - 1.jpg
The Robe entering the village of Brickens
Native name Abhainn an Róba
Physical characteristics
Main source Bekan Parish, Mayo
River mouth Lough Mask, Mayo
Length 62.8 kilometres (39.0 mi)
Discharge
  • Average rate:
    0.267 m3/s (9.4 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 320 square kilometres (120 sq mi)

The River Robe (Irish: Abhainn an Róba) is a river in County Mayo, Ireland. It rises near Ballyhaunis, then flows generally west for 64 kilometres (40 mi), where it drains into Lough Mask.

The river's name in Irish is An Róba, first recorded as Rodba in mediaeval manuscripts, perhaps from Old Irish rodba, "sharp, aggressive".

The river is the longest tributary of Lough Mask and it drains 320 square kilometres of south Mayo.

The Robe's Environmental Protection Agency River ID is 30_1579.

Course of the river

River Robe, Keebagh, facing downstream
The Robe flowing through bogland in Keebagh, near its source.

The Robe rises about five kilometres southwest of Ballyhaunis and follows a meandering path southwest through the townland of Keebagh and Brickens village. It turns gently to the west between Tootagh and Garryduff and continues west between Claremorris and Ballindine. It meanders in serpentine coils beside the R331 road, passing Taugheen, from where it begins its southwesterly descent to Hollymount. From there, the river winds in broad loops before descending southwestwards into Ballinrobe (Irish: Baile an Róba, meaning town of the Robe). The Robe empties into Lough Mask, four kilometres west of Ballinrobe, near Cushlough (Irish: Cois Loch, meaning beside the lake).

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