Cromwell’s Bridge – Kenmare Heritage Town, County Kerry, Ireland. The antiquity of this handcrafted bridge is unknown. Local lore believes Augustinian monks built it in circa 11th century.
Cromwell’s Bridge, Kenmare, Kerry, Ireland
Spanning the Finnihy River in Kenmare
The narrow bridge possibly had walls of earth and stone but little evidence now remains.
The tidal Finnihy River may have necessitated the exaggerated arch of the bridge which stands almost 6 meters from average water levels in the river.
Its name, proposing a link with Oliver Cromwell’s invasion of Ireland (1649-1653), has no basis in fact, but is believed to be a corruption of an Irish word, “cromael” (moustache) because of its shape, or “cromleach” (a sloping stone or altar stone).