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The famous River Lee – has two main channels and this sometimes confuses both visitors and locals alike.
The River Lee rises in Gougane Barra (Translation: Finbarrs Rocky Place) which is in the beautiful area of the Shehy Mountains. These mountains are located about 50 miles west of Cork City and the area is without doubt worth a visit if time allows while you are visiting Cork.
The drive towards Gougane Barra is really beautiful and takes in the wonderful Lee Valley which remains completely unspoiled and natural.
At Gougane Barra some of the sources of the Lee (there are many) have been carefully signposted by the forest management company. You will see references to ‘An Laoi’ which is the irish spelling of ‘The Lee’
However be aware that once the river Lee arrives just west of Cork city it splits into two channels and hence flows around the city centre. In fact this split happens just behind the Kingsley Hotel on the Western Road.
The two channels are called the North and South Channels respectively.
Described in this article is how to know which channel you are at by either the street, Quay, bridge or other landmark you happen to be near.
Travelling from West to East.
Sundays Well Road
Daly Foot Bridge
, aka Shakey Bridge)
(Gate Cinema), linked by
North Gate Bridge
aka Griffith Bridge)
Kyrls Quay,Coal Quay
Shandon foot bridge. Lavitts Quay
Christy Ring Bridge
(Christy Ring was a very famous Cork Hurler)
St Patricks Bridge Andersons Quay
linked by both
Brian Boru bridge
Michael Collins Bridge
(beside Jurys Inn)
Shortly after Michael Collins Bridge the two channels once again meet up as one.
Travelling from West to East
) Right beside main gate to UCC
over river to Appartments)
ClarkesBridge Probys Quay
SouthGateBridge Sullivans Quay
linked to Fr.
Shortly after Eamon De Valera Bridge the two channels once again meet up as one.