Banagher, Co. Offaly
Banagher (Beannchar in Irish) is a town on the western edge of County Offaly in the midlands of Ireland. The name comes from an Irish word meaning "horn-cast". Banagher was originally built to guard a crossing point on the nearby River Shannon just south of River Brosna and Shannon converging point.
Banagher is an interesting, vibrant town, still a fording place on the lordly Shannon. Impressive fortifications guarding the river crossing are still to be seen. 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.