The River Shannon meanders through much of Ireland’s countryside for a distance of 224 miles (360km). It has narrow river sections, a vast array of lakes, several locks to enable boats to navigate the river, and an incredible abundance of wildlife.
The River is linked to Northern Ireland by the Shannon Erne navigation which travels up to Lough Erne. It is linked to the sea at Limerick. And it is linked by both the Royal and Grand Canals to Dublin in the east of the country, and by the Barrow navigation to Waterford in the South.
It touches 11 counties through its journey, and has a number of tributaries.
For some, the River provides an income and livelihood, but for most of us, it is a leisure facility – boating, fishing, walking, swimming, rowing, etc. The River is an excuse for many events such as literary and music festivals, sporting events, and fishing competitions.
Alexandra is based on the River Shannon, so her log reflects that. But My Lovely Shannon will also include connected waterways, and maybe even some unconnected ones.
Whatever you use the River for, remember to stay safe and wear a lifejacket.