The river Liffey flows through the centre of which European city?


The River Liffey (Irish: An Life) is a river in Ireland that flows through the centre of Dublin. Its major tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac. The river supplies much of Dublin’s water and a range of recreational activities.

Ptolemy’s Geography (2nd century AD) described a river, perhaps the Liffey, which he labelled Οβοκα (Oboka). Ultimately this led to the name of the River Avoca.

The Liffey was previously named An Ruirthech, meaning “fast (or strong) runner” The word Liphe (or Life) referred originally to the name of the plain through which the river ran, but eventually came to refer to the river itself.It was also known as the Anna Liffey,possibly from an anglicisation of Abhainn na Life, the Irish phrase that translates into English as “River Liffey”. James Joyce embodies the river as “Anna Livia Plurabelle” in Finnegans Wake.

The Liffey rises in the Liffey Head Bog between the mountains of Kippure 742 metres (2,434 ft) and Tonduff 642 metres (2,106 ft) in the northern section of the Wicklow Mountains, forming from many streamlets at Sally Gap. It flows for 132 km (82 mi) through counties Wicklow, Kildare and Dublin before entering the Irish Sea at its mouth at the midpoint of Dublin Bay, on a line extending from the Baily lighthouse to the Muglin Rocks. It crosses from County Wicklow into County Kildare at Poulaphouca and from County Kildare into County Dublin at Leixlip, with most of its length being in Kildare.

The catchment area of the Liffey is 1,256 km2 (485 sq mi).The long term average flow rate of the river is 18.0 m3/s (640 cu ft/s).


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