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Bunlahinch Clapper Bridge Weird Thing
 

County

Mayo

Coordinates

N 53° 43' 05.88"   W 009° 53' 19.02"

Nearest town

Louisburgh

Grid Ref.

L 75347 75948

Map No.

37

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

10

Date of visit

Thursday 14 June 2018

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The west end of the Bunlahinch Clapper Bridge.


This is very likely the longest clapper bridge in Ireland.
It consists of 37 arches crossing the small Bunleemshough River, extending east-west (85°-265°), over a span of about 59 metres. It is 60 to 80 centimetres wide.

Clapper Bridges were prehistoric footbridges to cross shallow streams and rivers, but this one was built sometimes between 1840 and 1850 as part of a work carried out by the Irish Church Mission, a Protestant colony which received the land from the Marquis of Sligo.


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