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Tracing history of Lagan Valley

Published 20/01/2011

Part-time geography lecturer Des O’Reilly has been congratulated on the publication of his second book, Rivers of Belfast — A History.

A graduate of Queen's University, the Ulster University, London University and Denver University, this is his second book, the first being The Bog Meadows and the River Blackstaff.

Mr O’Reilly is a part-time lecturer of geography at Stranmillis University College, which may be linked to his interest in the geological and glaciological history|of the Lagan Valley.

His new colour book is 250 pages in large format and is published by a local company.

Full of maps and illustrations, the book begins with the geological structure of the Lagan Valley and the way in which the Ice Age|established today’s drainage |pattern.

It then follows the human history and its exploitation of the rivers through the centuries to the present day.

Mr O’Reilly’s book is a celebration of Belfast’s rivers in words and pictures, from the iconic centrepiece of the Lagan to its many tributaries and the many systems that run into them.

A chapter in the book is devoted to each of 12 minor river systems, including the Blackstaff and Milewater.

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