The Bridge : Linking Town and County


Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Bridge built from Portland Stone

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!

Dungarvan

Looking at the harbour from the bridge

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.

Dungarvan, Co Waterford

Dungarvan at night

 

 

 

 

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mlblogsredsoxlady35/lighthousekat
    Jun 27, 2016 @ 20:25:16

    Joan, I haven’t forgot you I have been busy writing on another project I haven’t even had much time to blog so I really need to catch up a bit. Love the bridge and your blog almost made me feel as though I was there with you. ❤ Kat

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  2. Frances Macaulay Forde
    Jun 28, 2016 @ 01:51:06

    Reblogged this on Perth Words… exploring possibilities. and commented:
    I remember thinking about this bridge after a writer’s meeting at the library in Dungarvon. I think I wrote a poem… must look it up. Thanks for this, Joan.

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  3. GeorgieMoon
    Jun 28, 2016 @ 07:43:28

    That’s a lovely stone bridge, and it sounds like a great place to visit!

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  4. waterfordiswriting
    Jul 28, 2016 @ 15:14:25

    What a wonderful post Joan! I wasn’t aware of much of this information, your photographs work so well with the piece. Dymphna

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