On The Banks of The Robe River
And More Claremorris Memories
A book recorded and compiled by Claremorris man, Michael J Reidy
Rivers are a wonderful physical feature on the landscape and they have been there since the beginning of time as we know it. The Tennyson poem 'The Brook' is very descriptive of the phenomenon of the perpetual motion of the river:
'I chatter, chatter as I flow
To join the brimming river
For men may come and men may go
But I go on forever'
Today we are all too busy to stop and think about where we are and what surrounds us.
This book is about the Robe River and many of the things associated with it in the past and many features dating back a couple of hundred years. With the passage of time and drainage works, many physical features and even the course of the river, have changed.
Day after day the Robe River flows a distance of twenty-eight miles through the parish of Crossboyne from Castlemacgarret North to Curroughadooey and, like many other beautiful things around us, we take it for granted. As it flows from its source it gets wider and wider with the help of its tributaries and, at the bridge in the village of Crossboyne, has a width of eighteen metres. On its way it separates townland from townland and parish from parish. It's our local river and many people in South Mayo pass over and pass by it daily.
This book is a historical journey along the banks of the Robe River that flows through Crossboyne. The journey begins at the source of the river and moves along the banks, passing beautiful bridges, picturesque countryside and historic locations, to where the journey ends when it flows into magnificent Lough Mask. Interspersed with an abundance of attractive photos, the book is well researched, interesting and informative.
The book is available in a variety of shops and newsagents in Claremorris and in Murphy's, Ballinrobe; Newstand, Ballyhaunis and Castle Books, Castlebar. You can order direct from Michael Reidy and have one delivered including Post and Packing for the following:
- Within Ireland - euro12.00
- Europe and the World - euro14.00
To order by mail please send to: Michael J Reidy, Claremorris, County Mayo, Ireland
Contact Michael J Reidy, email: email@example.com
Local charities will benefit from the proceeds of this book