Works completed on historic Lisdoonvarna Bridge

Works completed on historic Lisdoonvarna Bridge

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Clare County Council has completed a rehabilitation project at Saint Brendan’s Bridge just east of Lisdoonvarna, near St. Brendan’s Road.

Repair works were carried out by Triur Construction Ltd and comprised masonry repair and repointing, grouting, and the installation of tie bars and pattress plates. The bridge spans a ravine with a level difference of over 7m from the road surface to the river below.

During the early days of the works site staff from Triur Construction Ltd. found a piece of cut some with an inscription and shortly after found a second piece. When put together they read “Saint Brendan’s Bridge – Built AD 1844 – James Boyd C S”. Clare County Council has reinstated the plaque in its rightful place on the bridge parapet.

It was over 174 years ago that work to construct this single span cut stone masonry arch bridge was undertaken.

Clare County Council would like to pay tribute to the people who built this magnificent structure during very difficult times in County Clare.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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