WESTMEATH RIVERS

From A Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 1837

The Brosna and the Inny are the only rivers of any importance in the county: the former rises near Lough Hoyle; the latter at Loughcrew, in the county of Meath. Numerous rivulets, flowing through every part, discharge themselves either into one of the lakes, or of the larger rivers. The more remarkable of the lesser rivers are the Mongagh, the Glore, the Gaine, and the Rathconrath. The Shannon forms the western boundary from Lough Ree to a point some miles south of Athlone. The Royal Canal enters the county from that of Meath, two miles north of Kinnegad, and passing near Killucan, Mullingar, Ballynca, and Ballynacarrig, after crossing the Inny by an aqueduct, enters the county of Longford near Tinellick: its summit level at Mullingar is 274 feet above high water mark in Dublin bay. A branch of the Grand Canal enters this county from the King's county near Rahue, and proceeds to Kilbeggan. The roads are numerous through every part; those of modern construction are well laid out and maintained; the older are ill laid out and constructed, but these defects are in progress of being remedied.

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