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Banagher

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The main attraction of Banagher is the great fishing that is available all year round. A good sized town, anglers can be found here all year round partaking of the local fare in the pubs and restaurants of the town. There's also some good places for water sports, and the town has a modern marina for cruisers and pleasure boats.

History

There is evidence that Banagher was once an important crossing point on the river Shannon, and it is believed that there was an eighteen-arch bridge built here in then middle of the eleventh century. A new seventeen-arch bridge was built in the late seventeenth century, and this in turn was replaced by the Shannon Commissioners in 1843.

Banagher was one of the towns on the Shannon that was fortified against Napoleonic invasion in the nineteenth century. There is a Martello tower beside the old canal, and the remains of a barracks can be seen at the east end of the bridge. Nearby is an old castle known as Cromwells castle.

Angling Information

Banagher is home to the Coarse Angling Centre, which holds annual competitions in April, May, September and October each year. The river at Banagher fishes well for bream, rudd, hybrids, pike, perch, eels and some brown trout. There is some salmon fishing, and visitors are encouraged to hire boats and explore the waterways of the area.

Other good sites in the area are Meelick which has islands, pools and weirs, Brosna and Little Brosna rivers.

Places of Interest

The old fortifications around the town of Banagher are good examples of fortifications from the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries. Also the old Martello Tower is elliptical, with a mounting for a 24 pounder gun on the roof.

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The magazine at Banagher, part of the Napoleonic fortifications Rush hour in Banagher
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