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Salmon Leap at Leixlip

Salmon Leap at Leixlip

Artist: Unknown

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Date: 1800

Shelfmark: Ktop LIV

Item number: 3.c

Genre: Topographical Drawing

Leixlip is situated where the Rivers Liffey and Rye Water meet in Ireland, and is well known for the beautiful waterfalls at this point. The waterfalls create a natural course for salmon and it is from the Dutch word ‘lax-hlaup’ that the name Leixlip derived. The waterfalls and salmon leap at Leixlip have been celebrated beauty spots for over 200 years. Lewis, in his Topographical Dictionary of 1842, describes the leap thus,
“On the river Liffey, and within the grounds of Weston Park, is a salmon leap, from the latin name of which, "Saltus," the barony of Salt derives its name; it consists of a succession of rocky leges, too extensive to be cleared at one bound, and in passing over it the fish consequently sustain great injury; it forms a beautiful cascade, the picturesque effect of which is greatly increased by the richly wooded banks of the river and the tastefully embellished demesne of Leixlip castle”.

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