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Garfinny Bridge
Droichead na Gairfeanaí
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Coordinates 52°09′00″N 10°13′38″W / 52.149939°N 10.227143°W / 52.149939; -10.227143Coordinates: 52°09′00″N 10°13′38″W / 52.149939°N 10.227143°W / 52.149939; -10.227143
Carries local road
Crosses Garfinny River
Locale Garfinny, Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry
Followed by N86 bridge
Characteristics
Design Arch bridge
Material stone
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
History
Construction begin c. 1400
National Monument of Ireland
Official name Garfinny Bridge
Reference no. 612

Garfinny Bridge is a medieval stone bridge located in County Kerry, Ireland. The bridge was designated as an Irish National Monument.

Location

Garfinny Bridge crosses the Garfinny River on the Dingle Peninsula, 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi) east-northeast of Dingle.

History

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.

Description

Garfinny Bridge is a dry stone bridge made without mortar: the arch consists of radial stones which ‘spring’ from stones projecting over the river in a corbelling technique.

It is the only bridge to be an Irish National Monument.

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