River Main (County Antrim)

River Main
River Maine
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River Main viewed upstream from the Slaght Bridge
EtymologyFrom Abhainn Mhaighin, "river of the plain"
Native nameAn Mhean (Irish)
CountryNorthern Ireland
CitiesBallymena, Randalstown, Cullybackey
Physical characteristics
 • locationGlenariff
 • location
North Channel via Lough Neagh and Lower Bann
Length55 kilometres (34 mi)
 • average15.4 m3/s (540 cu ft/s)
Basin features
River systemBann
 • leftKellswater, Braid River

The River Main or Maine (Irish: An Mhean)[1] is a river in Northern Ireland, flowing through County Antrim.[2]

Former Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill took the title "Baron O'Neill of the Maine" when he was made a life peer.


The River Maine rises in the Glens of Antrim, flowing through Ballymena and Randalstown before entering Lough Neagh.


The River Maine is a noted salmon and trout fishery.[3]


  1. ^ "An Mhean/River Main". Logainm.ie. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  2. ^ "Ballysadare Estuary: sampling fish for the Water Framework Directive – Transitional Framework" (PDF). Central Fisheries Board (CFB) and the North Western Regional Fisheries Board (NWRFB). 2008–2009 – via Inland Fisheries Ireland.[failed verification]
  3. ^ "Angling at River Maine | nidirect". 3 December 2015.

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