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O'Briensbridge Parteen Weir Loop

This easy loop follows the Shannon River to view the historical Parteen Weir Hydro Dam, returning via the Headrace Canal
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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 2.92 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  The picturesque village of O'Briensbridge, Co Clare nestles on the banks of the River Shannon and borders three counties namely Clare,... more »

Tips:  The loop starts and finishes at the trailhead which is located on the bank of the river Shannon at the Riverside Park in the village... more »

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Points of Interest

1. O'Briensbridge Heritage Garden

The trailhead is located in a beautifully restored Heritage Garden in the centre of O'Briensbridge. This amenity was developed by the local community and also features an Old Mill Wall and Navigation Wall. The Old Mill Wall is all that remains of a five storey corn mill that was built by Hood & Boyd of Glasgow in the 1830s.

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2. The Burnt Island

As you walk further upstream on the green Loop towards the Hydro Dam if you look to your right you will see Innislosky Island, or "The Burnt Island". On closer inspection the ruins of an old church is clearly visible. This is a twelfth century Romanesque Oratory and is very old and historic church.

3. Parteen Weir Hydro Dam

At the top end of the green loop stands the E.S.B. Hydro Dam which was built in the 1920s as part of The Shannon Scheme. The dam holds back the mighty Lough Derg and diverts two thirds of the River Shannon down the Headrace Canal to feed Ardnacrusha Power Station. The Shannon Scheme was such a major undertaking of international status, that the... More

4. Headrace Canal

Continue to follow the green arrows along the embankment of the Headrace Canal back to the trailhead.