Downriver from Celbridge, in a prettily wooded part of the Liffey valley and on the main Dublin-Galway road, lies the village of Leixlip. The battlements of the twelfth-century Leixlip Castle overlook the salmon leap which gave the place its name (Danish, lax-hlaup). A hydroelectric dam forms a narrow lake stretching for about 2 miles upriver. A fish pass in the dam, based on the principle of a canal lock, allows fish to go upstream. The Liffey Descent, an international canoeing event, takes place here in September each year.
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