The River Shannon
The River Shannon - famed in song and in story, is the largest river in Ireland and Britain, Its course takes in some of Irelands loveliest scenery.
The harbour is situated on the River Camlin near its junction with the River Shannon. It is connected by the 46th lock with the terminus of the Royal Canal.
The Richmond Inn was previously a flax mill and the private houses along the harbour were previously managers houses and offices. The flax was transported by barge from Richmond Harbour to Dublin via canal.
Passengers also embarked here in famine times to begin their long journeys to the "New World ".
The Royal Canal
The Royal Canal is now fully navigable from Dublin to Abbeyshrule. Navigation will soon be extended westwards with the lifting of the low-level culvert at Abbeyshrule. The local branch of the Royal Canal Amenity Group has restored the canal harbour at Abbeyshrule and a new boat slipway was constructed in 1996.
The Canal forms an important part of the heritage of Abbeyshrule and offers great potential in the areas of boating, fishing, walking and nature study. The canal crosses the River Inny by the imposing Whitworth Aquaduct, half a kilometre north of the village. The Aquaduct was underpinned several years ago when the river drainage scheme was carried out.