Monday, April 7, 2014

D is for Da' Bridge

Da' Bridge Historically known as Devonshire Bridge.

Bet I can get 5000 People to Love Dungarvan

Referred to by locals as Da'Bridge or
The Causeway Bridge.

Da’ Bridge is single span, and bridges the Colligan River. It links the town of Dungarvan to the village of Abbeyside. The bridge was financed by the 5th and 6th Dukes of Devonshire and constructed with sandstone imported from England. Hence the name.  

Photo by Ronan Flynn

In this grassy area, Abbeyside boys hid and fired stones at the Dungarvan boys (Townies) attempting to cross the bridge to date Abbeyside girls. They weren't very unsuccessful in their efforts. My mother was an Abbeysider. My father was a "Townie".  

Photo from Bet I Can Get 5000 People to Love Dungarvan

In the early fifties a favorite spot for members of the Dungarvan Swimming Club dived off. An activity my mother and my father’s sister participated in. I wonder if my grandparents were aware of this dare devilish behavior. I would think not as they lived long enough to marry and have children.  

Photo from Bet I Can Get 5000 People to Love Dungarvan

Due to lack of WiFi while at a writers conference I was unable to post D,E and F on time. But I took on this challenge and plan to see it through.


ilakshee said...

Love the way you have captured the many moods of the bridge.

Liza said...

We have a bridge in our town kids jump off of too. It's not as lovely as yours, but attracts a crowd and scares me to death!

Old Kitty said...

Awwww hello lovely Ann! Great to see a post from you! And great to see you doing the A-Z!! Yay! And thank you for this wonderful info of Da Bridge! It linked two opposing areas and provided such a romantic backdrop to your parents too! :-)

Take care