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Ballyconnell Bridge, Church Street, Ballyconnell, County Cavan
Downriver view
Reg. No.40304009
Date1845 - 1855
Previous NameN/A
CountyCounty Cavan
Coordinates227301, 318600
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL TECHNICAL
Original Usebridge
In Use Asbridge
Double arch limestone road bridge over Woodford River, built c.1850. Coursed rock-faced abutments, spandrels, and U-cutwaters. Rusticated voussoirs to segmental arches with splayed chamfered arris to arch rings. Rounded cap to U-cutwaters. Ashlar parapet terminating in pointed capstones over ashlar pylon responds. Projecting ashlar band carried on dentil brackets on river sides. Squared and snecked hammer-dressed limestone wing walls. Round-headed arch over river path adjoining north respond having rusticated ashlar voussoirs over rock-faced imposts.


A well composed and sharply detailed bridge displaying a mixture of rock-faced and ashlar quality limestone blocks. Finely detailed pylon responds and gives the bridge an imposing and distinctive architectural appearance. The bridge is a key feature of the civil engineering heritage of Ballyconnell, built as part of the Ballinore to Ballyconnell Navigation on the River Erne, with the canel works undertaken from 1847-52. Its precise design and detail demonstrating the technical skill employed in infrastructural works in Ireland in this period.
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