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It is one of Irelands hidden gems that fail to get the attention it deserves in tourist information guides.
The village of Cadamstown, on the river, is home of The Silver River Geological Reserve.
The river takes its name (in Gaelic, Abha Airgid - the Money River) from the particles of silver occurring naturally in the limestone rock upstream and washed down in the river.
The Silver rises on the northwestern slopes of Baureigh Mountain (486 m) and descends to Cadamstown, the first settlement it encounters.
Flowing westwards it passes Ballyboy and Kilcormac before turning north to join the River Brosna near Ferbane.
The Brosna flows west from the confluence to join the River Shannon.
The Silver River is contained entirely within County Offaly.