River Slaney

The River Slaney (Irish: Abhainn na Sláine, meaning "river of health") is a large river in the southeast of Ireland. It rises on Lugnaquilla Mountain in the western Wicklow Mountains and flows west and then south through counties Wicklow, Carlow and Wexford for 117.5 km (73 mi),[1] before entering St George's Channel in the Irish Sea at Wexford town. The estuary of the Slaney is wide and shallow and is known as Wexford Harbour. The catchment area of the River Slaney is 1,762 km2.[2] The long term average flow rate of the River Slaney is 37.4 Cubic Metres per second (m3/s)[3]

Towns that the Slaney runs through include Stratford-on-Slaney, Baltinglass, Tullow, Bunclody, Enniscorthy and Wexford. Over the river's 117 kilometre course, it is crossed by 32 road bridges and one railway bridge.[4]

River Slaney
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River Slaney at Stratford-on-Slaney
Native nameAbhainn na Sláine
Physical characteristics
 ⁃ locationLugnaquilla, County Wicklow
 ⁃ elevation549 metres (1,801 ft)
 ⁃ location
Irish Sea at Wexford via Wexford Harbour
Length117.5 kilometres (73.0 mi)
Basin size1,762 square kilometres (680 sq mi)
 ⁃ average37 m3/s (1,300 cu ft/s)
Basin features
 ⁃ leftRiver Derreen, River Derry, River Bann, River Ballyedmond, River Sow
 ⁃ rightBrowns Beck Brook, River Clody, River Urrin, River Boro


Varied and plentiful wildlife can be found in the environs of the river. In Wicklow, herds of deer can be seen, as well as swans, dippers, wild ducks, herons and kingfishers. At dusk, bats, owls and otters may be seen, while the mudflats of the estuary are favoured by black-headed gulls, redshanks and oystercatchers.[5] The rare goosander can be seen on the Slaney at Kildavin. In season, salmon and trout and pike are fished.[6]


Ptolemy's Geography (2nd century AD) described a river called Μοδοννος (Modonnos, "mudflats") which may have referred to the River Slaney, though scholarly opinion remains divided on the issue.[7]


Tributaries of the Slaney include the River Derreen, the River Derry, the River Clody, the River Bann, the River Urrin, the River Boro, and the River Sow.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey of Ireland: Rivers and their Catchment Basins 1958 (Table of Reference)
  2. ^ South Eastern River Basin District Management System. Page 38 Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ South Eastern River Basin District Management System. Page 38 Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Duffy, John. River Slaney, from source to sea, 2006, ISBN 978-0-9554184-0-2, p.30
  5. ^ Duffy, p.19
  6. ^ Slaney River Trust Archived 2008-01-02 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ http://www.romaneranames.uk/essays/ireland.pdf

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Coordinates: 52°20′N 6°27′W / 52.333°N 6.450°W

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Aghade (Irish: Áth Fhád) is a small civil parish, in the barony of Forth, County Carlow, Ireland. It is 3 miles from Tullow and has a notable bridge over the River Slaney. a church At one time it had a school.


Baltinglass, historically known as Baltinglas (Irish: Bealach Conglais, meaning "Road of Cúglas"), is a town in south-west County Wicklow, Ireland. It is located on the River Slaney near the border with County Carlow and County Kildare, on the N81 road. Its Irish name means "the way of Conglas", Conglas being a member of the mythological warrior collective, the Fianna. A previous Irish-language name for the village, bringing to mind its monastic past, was Mainistir an Bhealaigh.


Bunclody (Irish: Bun Clóidí, meaning "bottom of the (river) Clody"), formerly Newtownbarry (until 1950), is a small kip on the River Slaney in Wexford, Ireland. It is located near the foot of Mount Leinster. Most of the town is in County Wexford; a small area at the north end of town is in County Carlow. Bunclody has received a number of high scores in the Tidy Towns competition. The town is known for the "'Eileen Aroon' Festival" held during the months of July and August.The R746 regional road intersects the N80 in the middle of Bunclody.


Castlebridge (Irish: Droichead an Chaisleáin) is a large village on the R741 regional road in County Wexford, Ireland, north of Wexford Town. It is located near the River Slaney and just north of Wexford Harbour. Castlebridge is a rapidly expanding suburb of Wexford Town; its population has almost tripled in 20 years, increasing from 783 in 1996 to a population of 1,840 in 2016.


Clohamon (Irish: Cloch Ámainn) is a small, rural village located on the River Slaney near Bunclody in County Wexford, Ireland.

There is a meat factory in Clohamon.

In January 2007 there were 33 students in the local primary school.

Clohamon is also birthplace of Leinster rugby player Charlie Hogg.


Clonegal, officially Clonegall ( KLOH-nə-gawl; from Irish: Cluain na nGall, meaning "meadow of the foreigners"), is a village in the southeast of County Carlow, Ireland. It is in a rural setting, 5 km from Bunclody, County Wexford, 22 km from Carlow and 17 km from the proposed interchange of the N9 and N80 roads at Rathcrogue. It is just over a mile north of where the River Slaney and the River Derry meet. Clonegal has a much smaller "twin" village across the River Derry in County Wexford, Watch House Village.

The town is served by a primary school, and is central to a thriving agricultural hinterland, although it has little business development. Further housing development is imminent.


Killurin (Irish Cill Liúráin) is a village in County Wexford, Ireland on the R730 regional road. Sited along the banks of the River Slaney, it is approximately 7 miles north-west of Wexford town.

R725 road (Ireland)

The R725 road is a regional road in Ireland. From its junction with the N80 on the western outskirts of Carlow Town it takes an easterly route to its junction with the N81 in Tullow, where it crosses the River Slaney on a bridge shared with the N80 in the town centre. It continues east to Shillelagh in County Wicklow, turns due south for 6 km, then eastwards through Carnew. It then enters County Wexford for the final 15 km stretch, terminating in Gorey at the R772.

The road is 53 km (33 mi) long.


Rathvilly (Irish: Ráth Bhile, meaning "ringfort of the sacred tree") is a village in County Carlow, Ireland. The village is located on the River Slaney near the border with County Wicklow, 11 km from Tullow. It is also on the N81 national secondary route. The area has the family seat of Baron Rathdonnell. Rathvilly has won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition on three separate occasions, 1961, 1963, and 1968.

River Bann (County Wexford)

The River Bann is a large river in County Wexford, in the southeast of Ireland. It rises in the southern slopes of Croghan Mountain in north Wexford on the County Wicklow border. It flows south and is joined by the Blackwater Stream near the village of Hollyfort. Veering southwest it passes under the R725, then continuing southwestwards it flows beneath the N11 national primary route at the village of Camolin. It is crossed by the Dublin - Wexford railway four times as it flows past the town of Ferns before joining the River Slaney north of Enniscorthy.

In 1950s a reservoir was built at Ballythomas to supply water to the town of Gorey, County Wexford. Before that, its banks regularly spilled over and made a lot of swamp land on its route.

River Derreen

The River Derreen (Irish: An Daoirín) is a large river in the southeast of Ireland. It rises on central Lugnaquilla Mountain in the western Wicklow Mountains and flows south from Lugnaquilla Mountain and then southwest to join the River Slaney south of Tullow, passing close to Hacketstown and Tullow, Co. Carlow before it joins the Slaney upstream of Aghade bridge. Running through tillage and pastureland in its lower reaches, the Derreen with its sandy, gravelly bottom is a prime salmon spawning tributary of the Slaney.

Passing through counties Wicklow and Carlow, it is the first large, major tributary of the River Slaney.

Towns on the Derreen include Hacketstown and Tullow. It is crossed mainly by old humpbacked stone bridges. It is a rural river, flowing through only 2 major towns.

River Derry

The River Derry (Irish: An Dioríoch) is a large river in the southeast of Ireland. It rises just south of Hacketstown, County Carlow, Ireland. It flows southeast to Tinahely, being accompanied by the R747 regional road for the distance.

South of Tinahely it turns sharply and flows southwest through Shillelagh, briefly forming the border between County Wicklow and County Wexford, before becoming the border between County Wexford and County Carlow.

It flows under Clonegal Bridge at a point where it divides Clonegal, County Carlow to the west from Watch House Village, County Wexford, to the east.

A few kilometers further downstream it flows into the River Slaney.

Derry Water River is a separate tributary, which rises near Tinahely and flows north-eastwards to form the Aughrim River.

Rivers of Ireland

Shown here are all the major rivers and tributaries of Ireland with their lengths (in kilometres and miles). Starting with the Northern Ireland rivers, and going in a clockwise direction, the rivers (and tributaries) are listed in regard to their entry into the different seas: the Irish Sea, the Celtic Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Also shown are two tables. Table 1 shows the longest rivers in Ireland with their lengths (in kilometres and miles), the counties they flow through, and their catchment areas (in square kilometres). Table 2 shows the largest rivers in Ireland (by mean flow) in cubic metres per second.

The longest river in Ireland is the River Shannon, at 360.5 kilometres (224.0 mi). The river develops into three lakes along its course, Lough Allen, Lough Ree and Lough Derg. Of these, Lough Derg is the largest. The Shannon enters the Atlantic Ocean at the Shannon Estuary. Other major rivers include the River Liffey, River Lee, River Swilly, River Foyle, River Lagan, River Erne, River Blackwater, River Nore, River Suir, River Barrow (The Three Sisters), River Bann, River Slaney, River Boyne, River Moy and River Corrib.

Shillelagh, County Wicklow

Shillelagh (Irish: Síol Éalaigh) is a village in County Wicklow, Ireland. It is located in the south of the county, on the R725 regional road from Carlow to Gorey. The River Derry, a tributary of the River Slaney, flows through the village, while the Wicklow Way passes to the north and west.

The village was planned as part of the FitzWilliam estate in the 17th century. In 2016, it had a population of 337.

Sláine mac Dela

Sláine (Sláinge, Slánga), son of Dela, of the Fir Bolg was the legendary first High King of Ireland, who cleared the forest around Brú na Bóinne. He reportedly came ashore at Wexford Harbour at the mouth of the River Slaney.

The Fir Bolg invaded Ireland with five thousand men. Sláine and his four brothers, who were descended from one of the sons of Nemed, divided Ireland amongst themselves. Sláine, the youngest of the five, took Leinster, Gann north Munster, Sengann south Munster, Genann Connacht and Rudraige Ulster. They elected Sláine as ruler over them.

His wife was Fuad. His portion of the Fir Bolg were known as the Gailióin variant Gaileanga, named after their spears (Old Irish gáe).

He ruled only one year. He died at Dind Ríg in County Carlow and was buried at Slane, County Meath. He was succeeded by his brother Rudraige mac Dela.


Tinahely (Irish: Tigh na hÉille, meaning "House of Éille") is a village in County Wicklow in Ireland. It is a market town in the valley of the Derry River, a tributary of the River Slaney.


Tullow (Irish: An Tulach, meaning "The Mound", formerly Tulach Ó bhFéidhlim) is a market town (legally a village) in County Carlow, Ireland. It is located on the River Slaney where the N81 road intersects with the R725.

Wexford Bridge

Wexford Bridge is a road bridge in Wexford, the county town of County Wexford in Ireland. It crosses the mouth of the River Slaney from Wexford town on the west bank to the east bank and carries the R741 road from Wexford towards Dublin and the north. The bridge consists of 7 spans of maximum length 63 metres and 12 metres wide, made of continuous steel girders carrying composite concrete slabs. Including the approach roads, the total length of the bridge is 590 metres, of which 380 metres are over water.

The current bridge, the third to be built, was originally opened on September 10, 1959 but by the 1990s was suffering from severe corrosion. In 1997, therefore, over a 10-week period, the whole superstructure was broken up, the piers and abutments reconstructed, and the roadway replaced by composite concrete slabs.

Flowing north
Flowing to the Irish Sea
Flowing to the Celtic Sea
Flowing to the Atlantic
Tributaries of the Shannon

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