18th century bridge stands up for itself!

By Dan Walsh

Ballycarney Bridge is in the news and needs some sort of signage or intervention to keep it safe and in working order according to local Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan.

18th century Ballycarney Bridge is ‘not always wide enough for traffic’ as the damage shows

Speaking at the July meeting of Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, Cllr Codd-Nolan told members that there was confusion and ‘near misses’ on the bridge and she is asking the Council’s engineering section to investigate and see what can be done.

The bridge has been strengthened and kept in good working order by Wexford County Council over many years, and that is still the case, but it appears that present day problems may arise from driver behaviour and could be easily solved by common courtesy and reduction of speed in the area.

Erected ca-1780, Ballycarney Bridge has seven arches flanked by smaller ‘flood’ arches and is described as “typical of the 18th century Irish stone bridge.”

Linking the road to Ferns with Ballycarney crossroads, the ancient bridge is a noted landmark and is rare in that the pointed cutwaters are taken to parapet level and supports ‘pedestrian refuges’ that are v-shaped and quaint in appearance.

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