Callan River

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Bridge on the Callan

Callan River is a river in County Armagh which joins the River Blackwater a mile upstream from Bond's Bridge. It is navigable by dinghy or canoe for a mile and a half to Fairlawn Bridge.

The river flows in a generally northerly direction from Tullnawood lake, past Darkley, passing within a few miles of Keady town, through Tassagh and on to Armagh. The Callan River, flowing by the City of Armagh, and the Tall River, running by Richhill, join together, and the united steam enters the Blackwater one mile below Charlemont[1]

The area upstream of Armagh has many former linen mills that were built to use the waterpower of the river. There is also a viaduct at Tassagh that once carried the railway line from Armagh to Keady.


  • Niall Caille Mac Aedo (791-846), High King of Ireland, who had defeated the Danes on the River Foyle in 833 and at Lough Swilly in 843, drowned in the River Callan, near Armagh.[2]


  1. "Armagh - Atlas and Cyclopedia of Ireland (1900)". Library Ireland. Retrieved 28 February 2009. 
  2. "Niall Caille Mac Aedo". Dictionary of Ulster Biography. Retrieved 2008-07-09. 

Coordinates: 54°25′N 6°40′W / 54.417°N 6.667°W / 54.417; -6.667