This hugely anticipated new edition of the classic Irish Stone Bridges covers the history of road bridges in Ireland from AD 1000 to 1830. A highly readable and exacting study, Irish Stone Bridges: History and Heritage is unsurpassed in its scope, function and design, remaining the definitive history and field guide to these oft-hidden treasures that deeply enrich Ireland’s heritage and environment.
Exquisitely illustrated, with over 300 newly taken photographs, and now in colour for the first time, this publication continues as a vital work for Irish civil engineers, architects, conservationists, and local historians, as well as a thoroughly enjoyable and engrossing read for teachers, tourists and all those who value this fascinating aspect of Ireland’s cultural heritage. Part I examines the technical histories and contexts for the bridges, uncovering every aspect of their exceptional beauty and technical achievement, while Part II is a unique gazetteer of over 75 bridges and groups of bridges that cover the length and breadth of Ireland.
Table of Contents
1. The Number of Bridges
2. Áthanna and Clocháns
3. Bridge Laws
4. Grand Juries & the Presentment System
5. Maps Showing Bridges
6. Drainage and Inland Navigation
7. Timber Bridges
9. Stone Bridges
10. Bridge Fortifications and Mills
11. Bridge Characteristics
12. Masonry Arch Design
Articles on Selected Bridges
About the Authors
Peter O’Keeffe studied engineering at University College Dublin and for many years worked in local government, steering the OECD Committee on road research for over 20 years.
Tom Simington graduated from Trinity College Dublin and worked within civil engineering and local authorities, becoming the County Engineer for Clare.