River Foyle

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River Foyle
at Feabhal
The River Foyle in Derry City

The River Foyle in Derry City

location Ireland , Northern Ireland
River system Foyle
River basin district North Western IRBD
origin Confluence of the Finn and Morne rivers at Lifford and Strabane
54 ° 49 ′ 45 ″  N , 7 ° 28 ′ 50 ″  W
muzzle as Lough Foyle near Greencastle in the North Channel Coordinates: 55 ° 11 ′ 56 ″  N , 6 ° 58 ′ 21 ″  W 55 ° 11 ′ 56 ″  N , 6 ° 58 ′ 21 ″  W

The River Foyle ( Irish An Feabhal ; German approximately: "mouth of the lips") is a border river in Ulster in northern Ireland .

The Foyle arises from the confluence of the River Finn and Morne in the two opposite cities Lifford in County Donegal ( Republic of Ireland ) and Strabane in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland . From here the Foyle flows to Derry City (NI), which it flows through and then flows into the Atlantic behind Derry as Lough Foyle . Lough Foyle separates the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal from County Derry in Northern Ireland.

The Foyle is the fastest flowing river of its size in Europe, making bridges difficult to construct. The river is therefore only crossed by a total of four bridges, three of them in Derry City, with the Craigavon ​​Bridge, the southern and oldest, being the only double-decker bridge for road traffic in Europe. In June 2011, the third bridge in Derry, located between the Foyle Bridge and the Craigavon ​​Bridge , was the 235 m long and 4 m wide Peace Bridge, a bridge intended only for pedestrians and cyclists as a connection between the predominantly Catholic and Protestant residential areas opened. As the only bridge over the River Foyle outside of Derry City between Lifford and Strabane, at the beginning of the Foyle under his name, the Lifford Bridge connects the sister cities lying on the west bank in County Donegal and on the east side of the river in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland.

Sport and fishing

In addition to canoeing and sailing, water skiing and water scooter rides are also practiced on the Foyle in summer .

The Foyle is one of the most productive rivers in Ireland for salmon fishing . The River Foyle fishing season runs from April 1st to October 20th.

Individual evidence

  1. Harald Jüngst: Eine Stadt im Aufbruch , Deutschlandfunk , November 23, 2014, accessed on June 19, 2016 (information on the Peace Bridge at the end of the article)
  2. ^ "River Foyle" on irishfisheries.com

Web links

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