Day #4: The River Corrib, Galway
The River Corrib in the west of Ireland flows from Lough Corrib through Galway to Galway Bay. The river is among the shortest in Europe, with only a length of six kilometres from the lough to the Atlantic. It is popular with local whitewater kayakers as well as several rowing clubs and pleasure craft. The depth of this river reaches up to 94 feet.
The River Corrib is also the fastest flowing river in Ireland. You can stand by it simply watching the rhythm of the rapids as they career along the canals toward the ocean.
Despite its unique beauty, the River Corrib is a common site for suicide, with many bodies being recovered from the water. Walking along the riverside, there is a sobering reminder of this reality in the life rings that are positioned along the walkway, accompanying signs discouraging suicide and listing emergency contact numbers.