The Ponte Vecchio, Birr, Co. Offaly

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Where: 2 Moorpark St, Co. Offaly, Ireland

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Today we are staying in the Faithful County with a fine photo of the Old Bridge at Birr. I have been to Birr a few times, and I do not remember seeing a bridge like this - I wonder if it is still there?

Sharon.corbet tells us that the bridge (dating to the 17th century) is still there - though the houses on the bridge were removed as recently as the late 20th century. There seems to be a green amenity area there now - and one would possibly be forgiven for not realising it's on a bridge....


Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1865-1914. Possibly after 1901.

NLI Ref: L_ROY_09953

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Jul/2017 19:42:11

    The view counter is standing at 499,953, the kettle is on and the other Marys are baking buns to beat the band. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/7141494779/]

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    sharon.corbet

    • 20/Jul/2017 07:13:14

    I think it's this one: NIAH. "Four-arch road bridge, built c.1660, carrying Bridge Street over the River Camcor. Abutments and piers of random rubble. Single V-cutwater to upstream pier. Soffits altered during five phases. Arches of segmental and semicircular profile. Parapets of random rubble. Upstream parapet replaced with a two bar metal railing towards its south end and downstream one is surmounted by a metal railing. Houses were erected on the upstream and downstream sides and were demolished in the 1970s."

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    sharon.corbet

    • 20/Jul/2017 07:14:54

    25" OSI showing the houses on the bridge.

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    Foxglove

    • 20/Jul/2017 07:28:41

    neither a dog or a duck to be seen

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    Wendy:

    • 20/Jul/2017 07:33:30

    interesting things to be seen throughout!

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Jul/2017 08:20:20

    James Scully is 55 in 1901, but the pub is in the name A Scully? Anne Scully is 45 in 1901, but listed as a Delph dealer. Henry Flanigan Car Owner, Grocer and typing error is just 32. Henery continues to suffer typing errors in 1911, and there are no Scullys on Bridge Street at all. Before 1911.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 20/Jul/2017 09:03:48

    The photo being labelled Birr rather than Parsonstown implies that it is after 1901. See [https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia]'s comments on an earlier visit to Birr: [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/23380992132/]

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Jul/2017 10:34:04

    The photographer must have been high up in Manor Saw Mill (25" link) which is still standing, and now called Birr Technology Centre (streetview).

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Jul/2017 10:38:02

    L_CAB_09224 is virtually identical, just the people have moved.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 20/Jul/2017 10:41:20

    L_ROY_09954 is from the other side of the bridge, the downstream side.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 20/Jul/2017 12:14:44

    The tea party has started, 500,000 views reached, click to join the party. [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/7141494779/]