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What does west of the Bann mean?

What does west of the Bann mean?

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.

What counties are in the west of Ireland?

The West Region: On the very edge of Europe lie the West counties of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. Taking in wild romantic and rugged scenery and coastlines, great walks and the unique culture of Galway the west is a popular region.

What are the border counties in Ireland?

The Border Region is a region of Republic of Ireland and is governed by the Border Regional Authority. It consists of the area under the jurisdiction of the county councils of counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo.

What are the 9 counties of Ulster?


Ulster Ulaidh (Irish) Ulstèr (Scots)
Sovereign states United Kingdom Republic of Ireland
Counties Antrim (UK) Armagh (UK) Cavan (ROI) Donegal (ROI) Down (UK) Fermanagh (UK) Londonderry (UK) Monaghan (ROI) Tyrone (UK)
• MEPs 1 Sinn Féin MEP 2 Fine Gael MEPs 1 Independent MEP

How long is the River Bann in miles?

129 km
River Bann/Length
The total length is 80 miles (129 km). The lower river occupies a peaty depression in the basalt plateaus of Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine, and Magherafelt districts. Upstream the waterpower from the river played an important part in the industrialization of the Ulster linen industry.

Where is the mouth of Bann?

Atlantic Ocean
River Bann/Mouths

What is considered West Ireland?

The West Region (coded IE042) is a NUTS Level III statistical region of Ireland. It consists of the territory of Galway City, the regional capital, as well as the counties of Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. The West region spans 13,801 km² (20% of the total area of the state) and has a population of 453,109.

What is the poorest county in Ireland?


Disposable Income Per Person, 2017 and 2018
Border 17,192 17,391
West 18,465 18,593
Southern 19,761 20,383

Why are there only 6 counties in Northern Ireland?

Most Ulster unionists wanted the territory of the Ulster government to be reduced to six counties, so that it would have a larger Protestant unionist majority. They feared that the territory would not last if it included too many Catholics and Irish nationalists.

Why is Ulster Protestant?

Many Ulster Protestants are descendants of settlers who arrived from Britain in the early 17th century Ulster Plantation. This was the colonisation of the Gaelic, Catholic province of Ulster by Scots and English speaking Protestants, mostly from the Scottish Lowlands and Northern England.

Which sea does the River Bann run into?

River Bann, Irish An Bhanna, river, the largest in Northern Ireland, falling into two distinct parts. The upper Bann rises in the Mourne Mountains and flows northwest to Lough (lake) Neagh. The lower Bann flows northward through Lough Beg and carries the waters of Lough Neagh to the sea below Coleraine.

What is the longest river in Northern Ireland 2020?

The River Bann is the longest river in Northern Ireland, its length, Upper and Lower Bann combined, being 129 km .

Where are the jetties on the River Bann?

Once on the river, the jetties for the Bann Ferry are soon reached. It is possible to moor there, to visit the villages of Columbkille to the west or Bannfoot to the east. Bannfoot was originally called Charlestown after its builder, Charles Brownlow, who built it around 1830.

What was the name of the Lower Bann River?

The water level on the Lower Bann is controlled by the Rivers Agency using gates situated at Portna (near Kilrea) and The Cutts at Coleraine. Ptolemy ‘s Geography (2nd century AD) described a river mouth called Αργιτα ( Argita, “shining”), referring to the Bann.

What was the route of the Upper Bann Navigation?

The Upper Bann Navigation included the River Bann between its junction with the Newry Canal at Whitecoat Point and Lough Neagh, a route across Lough Neagh to the mouth of the Blackwater, and the lower 10.5 miles (17 km) of the Blackwater as far as Blackwatertown. The finished scheme was not well received by the counties through which it ran.

How big is the River Bann in Ireland?

The River Bann (from Irish: An Bhanna, meaning “the goddess”; Ulster-Scots: Bann Wattèr) is one of the longest rivers in Ireland, its length, Upper and Lower Bann combined, being 129 km (80 mi). However, the total length of the River Bann, including its path through the 30 km (19 mi) long Lough Neagh is 159 km (99 mi).

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