'Well that beats Banagher' and the rejoiner, 'and Banagher beats the devil' are popular well-known sayings associated with this interesting, vibrant town, still a fording place on the lordly Shannon. Impressive fortifications guarding the river crossing are still to be seen.
'Beannchar na Sionna', according to local historian Val Trodd, means 'the place of the pointed rocks on the Shannon'. While stationed here in 1841 - as a post office clerk , Anthony Trollope wrote his first novel.
A strong tourism presence has now revitalised Banagher. Angling and all watersports are very much to the fore. A spacious marina caters for the ever- increasing river traffic.
Along the river banks the Shannon Callows are a treasure house of wild flowers and bird life.
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