The Devonshire Bridge in Dungarvan, Co Waterford was built in the 1830s by Lord Devonshire, it is a single arched bridge and was built of Portland Stone which was imported from Cheshire in England.
Prior to this time, the town of Dungarvan could only be reached by ferry from the adjoining neighbourhood of Abbeyside, where most of the working class lived, or otherwise they crossed by horse and cart at a nearby causeway, when the tide was low. I would say that would have been rather a dangerous crossing, especially in winter, and the bridge was a very welcome addition to the town.
The bridge still stands today, as solid as when it was first built, and when we strolled over it on Saturday evening at high tide, the local youngsters were enjoying diving backwards off the bridge into the cold water below!
The harbour at the mouth of the Colligan river, just down from the bridge, shelters many small boats, and there are many restaurants and cafes along the quayside to welcome visitors, in the daytime or night time.