Lagan Barge Lisburn

The River Lagan rises in Slieve Croob and flows for over 50+ miles to its mouth in Belfast Lough.   In the course of its journey the river passes through the rolling County-Down countryside, before turning east at Magheralin.  Here the river opens onto the great plain – which divides counties Antrim and Down – and which gives the Lagan its name.  In Gaeilge, Abhainn an Lagáin translates to ‘river of the low-lying district’.  As the Lagan passed through Lisburn and towards Belfast its ‘swift tributaries’ drove machinery and industry, and barges and lighters carrying goods were a familiar sight on the water.  The barge was a sign of the industry and enterprise of the Lagan Valley.

This wonderful model lighter features in our Lagan Links exhibition, which opened just before the Covid-19 Pandemic broke out.  The exhibition takes a journey along the Lagan and explore stories connected or linked to the River through the collection of the members of the philatelic societies of Northern Ireland.

26feballdayLagan Links - a journey along the River Lagan(All Day)

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