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Maigue River

  Grade:   1 to 3       Rating: river rating
  County:   Limerick   Date updated:23/10/2006
  Section Length:   3.5km   Version: 2 (History)

Brief River Description

The Maigue is an ideal river for beginners. There are twelve weirs on the river, with short flat water between them. Some of the weirs are good for playing in.

Directions to the Put-in

The river is located near the town of Adare. Travelling from from Limerick towards Adare on the N21, take a left (first exit) at the first roundabout (small roundabout) after the dual carriage way ends. Travel along this road for approximately 5km, you will go around a sharp left bend followed by a sharp right bend. After these bends there is a turn right with a sign post for a restaurant, at the end of this road is the river. There is space for about five cars.

Directions to the Take-out

The river take out is at the bridge at the main road (N21) on the way into Adare from the Limerick side, beside the ruins of an old monastery. There is space to park about 100 metres from the bridge on the Adare side both on the main road and in the Church car park (limited space). Get out on river left downstream of the bridge.

River Description

In a number of place the river splits in two, its best to go river right always.

In high water some of the weirs can have large stoppers. Avoid the banks at the weir directly upstream of a stone effect footbridge at the golf course as there are steal re-bars sticking out.

There is lots of wildlife to be seen also, such as otters.

Maigue in Bruree
There is another section of the Maigue in Bruree Limerick. You can park in the picnic area before the bridge (if coming form limerick city) Put in above the weir if you want to run it, other wise anywhere along the bank will do. The river runs into a narrow channel creating fast white water good for beginners. In lowish water there are three holes, but in high water a small wave is made at the entrance to the channel.

Local issues

  • In the past paddlers have irritated golfers and had golf ball sent flying their way.
  • The church car park at Adare is small so try not to fill it with kayakers cars on Sundays.
  • Sometimes there are fishermen's cars at the get in making it tight for space. Expect loads of fishermen during the fishing season.
Having said that, generally there are no problems.

River level gauge

Drive in to Adare manor, park beside the hotel and look at the weir, if the water is big and brown and the weir is washed out don't get on.

River Hazards

There no specific hazards, some of the stoppers become retentive at high levels. The stoppers shouldn't hold people(not unless you've gotten on when the water is way too high) Sculling out to the end of the weirs maybe required.


Original Author: Peter OSullivan
Latest Author: Peter OSullivan
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