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Rivers of Belfast - a History free pdf Are you walking on water? Belfast owes its existence and name to its rivers. This book is a celebration of these rivers in words and pictures, from the iconic centerpiece of the Lagan, to its many tributaries and the systems that feed into them. The city was founded beside a ford across the Lagan, on a promontory between the Farset and Blackstaff. These rivers, and the many others that flow into Belfast Lough, rapidly gave the city advantages not only in terms of access to the sea and space for shipbuilding but also the source of power required to fuel the industrial revolution. The mills, foundries and many other industries using these waters were responsible for creating much of the wealth of Ulster. Today many of the river systems have been hidden away or diverted into tunnels, and run silently beneath the city streets. "Rivers of Belfast" lays bare these hidden watercourses throughout the city, many of which go unknown and unnoticed until they decide to make their presence felt. It was on 16th August, 2008 that the combined forces of the Forth and Blackstaff flooded the new Broadway underpass in just 45 minutes. The book begins with the geological structure of the Lagan Valley and the way in which the Ice Age established the modern drainage pattern, then follows the human history and its exploitation of the Rivers through the centuries to the present day. A chapter is also devoted to each of twelve minor river systems - the Derriaghy, Colin, Blackstaff, Forth, Legoniel, Farset, Milewater, Ravernet, Purdysburn, Cregagh, Knock and Connswater as well as the Lagan Navigation.

About Des O'Reilly

Des O'Reilly is a graduate of Queen's University Belfast, Ulster University, London University and Denver University. He is a teacher by profession and has taught in primary and secondary schools in Belfast, Malta and Colorado. He joined the staff of St Joseph's College of Education, Belfast in 1973 and later St Mary's University College as Principal Lecturer in Geography, a position from which he retired in 1999. He is currently employed as a part-time lecturer in Geography at Stranmillis University College, Belfast. He has also been employed as a Consultant by the Department of the Environment (Environment Improvement Branch) during the early stages of the Bog Meadows Initiative and has compiled various reports on several themes including educational provision and conservation. He brought together much of the content of these reports and this personal knowledge of the area in 'The Blackstaff' chapter of this book and in greater detail in his book on The Bog Meadows and The River Blackstaff, published by Stranmillis University, with assistance from Colourpoint, in 2008. He has lived in close proximity to several of the rivers mentioned in the Rivers of Belfast and spent much of his childhood playing in and around these rivers, as well as exploring the other rivers and streams that flow off the surrounding hills. He extended his knowledge of these natural waterways and their exploitation as a geography student at Queens under the guidance of Professor Estyn Evans, who had such an extensive knowledge of the social geography and history of Belfast and district. As a lecturer in geography he has made numerous field visits with students to the rivers described in the book. The additional knowledge he accumulated through these visits is outlined in the chapters assigned to each of the Belfast rivers in this book.

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Author : Des O'Reilly
Publisher : Colourpoint Books
Data Published : 01 December 2010
ISBN : 1906578753
EAN : 9781906578756
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 256 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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