Garfinny Bridge facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsGarfinny Bridge
Droichead na Gairfeanaí
|Locale||Garfinny, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry|
|Followed by||N86 bridge|
|Total length||16 metres (52 ft)|
|Width||2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in)|
|Height||3 metres (9.8 ft)|
|Number of spans||1|
|Design life||500+ years|
|Construction begin||c. 1400|
|Official name||Garfinny Bridge|
Garfinny Bridge crosses the Garfinny River on the Dingle Peninsula, 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi) east-northeast of Dingle.
The bridge is believed to have been built in the 14th or 15th century, and was supposedly crossed by Arthur Grey, 14th Baron Grey de Wilton (Lord Deputy of Ireland) in 1580 with his men on the way to the Siege of Smerwick, where they killed hundreds of prisoners.
By the 19th century, the bridge had begun to collapse and people forded it nearby. Nowadays, road traffic crosses over a modern bridge to the north.
It is the only bridge to be an Irish National Monument.
Garfinny Bridge Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.