Bradogue River



                                                            The Bradogue from Cabra to the Liffey

                                                        The Rivers of Dublin by C L Sweeney

If anchient streams could only speak,what stories they could tell ,of wars and peace,of pride and joy and wihispered fears as well,Of peasantry and feudal lords of industry and pain ,of drough and flood disease and mud we ll never seee again.

This poem by C L Sweeney is about all the rivers in Dublin and how they have survied the differnt events in history over the centurys. They have withness the birth of Dublin from a early Irish christian monestry to the modern capital of Ireland. One of these rivers  is call the Bradogue river.

The Bradogue river has always been associated with the Cabra Area, yet a lot of the people living in Cabra would scratch their head if you ask them about the Bradogue.he Bradogue is a small river that rises and flows through Cabra and flows into the Liffey at Ormond Quay. Bradogue is an Irish word for ‘Young Salmon’. It’s been here since time began. 

As can be seen by the map above the river flows right through Cabra under many a graden and house in the area.   The river rises in the Boogies  and runs down the back of the houses on Fassaugh Ave. At a certain point it turns across Dunmanus Road onto Dingle Road and there is a meeting of the waters at the Junction of Carnlough and Drumcliff Road.

It then flows across the railway track right through the back of the club house across Quarry road, across Annaly Road through Christ the King school, where there used to be a small pond in the middle of the yard.


[Above are Brent Geese training in the Bogies Cabra West, were the Bradogue rises getting ready for their summer season in Iceland. Photo by Liam Kane March 2010.]

Across Offaly and Leix Road through the Arch onto the Cabra Road and down Charlville Road through Grange Gorman coming out at Broadstone, down Constitution Hill into Bolton street coming out into the Liffey at Ormond Quay. Since 1930 most of the river was culvert from Cabra to the Liffey. At times over the years there has been flooding at certain parts of the roads that the Bradogue flows over.

 In earlier times the Bradogue river flowed into an area called the Pill which was situated at the mouth of the river as it went into the Liffey at chruch street. This area was a deep pool where boats moored in the early eight century.

It was reclaimed in the seventeen century at the request of Dublin Corporation to a leaseholder of the Lord named Jervis, who said that it took him four years with ten cart loads of earth each day to fill it in. The river has had a number of names. According to Sweeney one of its first name was Glascoynock. Glas meaning stream,mo meaning my and Canoc is a name of an Irish Welsh saint. This name was changed in the eighteen century by the monks of Marys Abbey to the Brodak to Pole water and eventually to Bradogue. 


                      Picture taking by Liam Kane of  the Talka valley near were the Bradogue rises.

Over the centuries this Cabra stream would of witness some of the major events in Irish history. In the eight century near its banks was the battle  of Atha Chliath between the Cianachta Breagh and the Ui Tegh( Annals Ulster 765.16).Before the battle of Clontarlf  Brian Bru armies camped around Cabra and its hinter land close to the Bradogue. The Viking town of Oxsmanstown would of been built around the Bradogue the eleven century. Silkin Thomas, Lord Nobery, Danial O’Connell ,the Fenian’s,the Land leaguers, the Royal canal, the Broadstone railway station all would of been in the vicinity of this stream at some time in their lifes or their development.

 In the modern era the housings eastes of Cabra would of been  built beside and over its river bed. To day it is encased in concrete culvers and channel beneath the streets  of Cabra and the citie as it continues to flow towards the Liffey like it has done over the centuries. Some times it makes itself knowing as it floods on Dingle road or Imall road during the winter. Part of Dublin ,part of Cabra.

Information from C,L,Sweeney book ‘ The Rivers of Dublin’ (Dublin ,1992).

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