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The River Bann ( ) is the longest river in Northern Irelandmarker, the total length being 80 miles (129 km). The river winds its way from the south east corner of the province to the north west coast, pausing in the middle to widen into the enormous Lough Neaghmarker. The river has played an important part in the industrialisation of the north of Irelandmarker, especially in the Linen Industry. Today Salmon and Eel fisheries are the most important economic features of the river. The river is often used as a dividing line between the eastern and western areas of Northern Ireland, often labelled the "Bann divide". Towns, councils and businesses "west of the Bann" are often seen as having less investment and government spending than those to the east. It is also seen as a religious and political divide, with Catholics, Nationalists and Republicans being in the majority to the west, and Protestants and Unionists in the majority to the east.

Upper Bann

The Upper Bann rises in the Mourne Mountainsmarker in County Down and flows into Lough Neaghmarker at Bannfootmarker, County Armagh. This stretch is one of the most popular coarse fishing rivers in Europe. Near Portadownmarker it connects with the now disused Newry Canalmarker, which once gave access south to the Irish Seamarker.

Lower Bann

The Lower Bann flows from Lough Neagh at Toomemarker to the Atlantic Oceanmarker at Portstewartmarker. The river is a canalised waterway with five locks along its 38 miles (51km). The river is very popular with water sports enthusiasts, anglers and cruisers and has minimal commercial traffic. It acts as most of the border between County Antrim and County Londonderry. The only commercial port on the river is at Colerainemarker. Ships from Londonderry Port and the Port of Belfastmarker transfer coal and scrap metal.

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References

  1. BBC News
  2. Register Of Research On Northern Ireland 1993 Edition, CAIN web service
  3. Strabane Chronicle


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