Wellington Bridge or commonly called Graiguecullen Bridge is one of the oldest and the lowest bridges on the River Barrow. This bridge links Carlow Town with Graiguecullen.
It is a stone five-arch bridge. It was built in 1569. In 1815 the bridge was rebuilt and widened. It was named Wellington Bridge in honor of the Irish Prince of Wellington, who in 1815 defeated Napoleon’s army at the famous Battle of Waterloo.
For centuries, this bridge has been an important commercial link for the Grand Canal Company and commercial boats sailing up and down the Barrow River until 1960. There is a lot of speculation regarding the number of bridges and construction schedules before the present one was built in 1815.
There is a plaque – coat of arms on the bridge commemorating its reconstruction in 1815.
On the bridge there is a building from the 19th century – it is the former home of the Poor Clares. Now they have their monastery near Graiguecullen.
From the Bridge, you can admire beautiful views.
Below are photos I took at 6 am on my way to work, when the sun is rising. During the day bridge is very busy.
Below are photos I took at 3 pm on my way from work to home, on a sunny beautiful day.