Ballyartella Bridge, Co. Tipperary.

Location – Located on a third class road that connects the R493 and the R495.
OS: R 839 835 (map 59)
Longitude: 8° 14' 21.45" W
Latitude: 52° 54' 7.81" N
GPS: R 83962 83406 (Elevation: 38m - Accuracy: 10m)

Description and History – This is a very beautiful bridge and on the day that I saw it there had been a lot of rain the previous week and the water was really rushing through the bridge.  We are somewhat lucky that bridges like this survive.  The Road Act of 1727 set a minimum width for roads of 3.6m and many bridges were replaced to make them wider.  Luckily for us this bridge was merely widened.  The bridge passes over the Nenagh river and is 26.7m long and 4.4m wide.  There are five arches that make up the bridge and there is evidence of a wicker frame on the vaults of the bridge. 

There is a downside to this bridge and that is the car park. Although it is nice for there to be a car park so that people can easily enjoy the bridge it has attracted a lot of litter which detracts from it somewhat.  Apart from that this is a nice spot...but take your litter with you.  I just don’t understand people who litter such wonderful places.

Difficulty – There is plenty of parking and signage here.  Sites don’t get easier than this.

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Viewed from the S side of the road.

As viewed from the modern weir.  From here you can get right out over the river and there are some great views from here.

Viewed from the N side of the road.