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).
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Cromwell’s Bridge, Kenmare
Cromwell's Bridge is a bridge located in Kenmare, County Kerry, Ireland. It is a popular tourist attraction in the town and is known for its historical significance. The bridge was built in the 17th century by Oliver Cromwell's forces during the Confederate Wars, and it is one of the oldest bridges in the county. It is a single-arched stone bridge that spans the River Finnihy and is a well-known landmark in the town. The bridge is open to pedestrians and is a popular spot for tourists and locals to take a leisurely walk and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
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