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The picturesque Woodenbridge reopens
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The picturesque Woodenbridge reopens

The Woodenbridge, a South Laois Tourism Attraction, reopens

The rebuilding of the iconic Woodenbridge on the River Erkina and the upgrading of its sister bridge on the canal section started its journey on Monday 16th October 2023 and concluded with the cutting of the ribbon by Minister Sean Fleming surrounded by local County Councillors and a large gathering of people from near and far on Sunday April 14th.

Earlier Michael G Phelan welcomed the large gathering which was followed by a blessing by Fr. Martin Delaney who wished all who travel both under and over the bridge a safe journey.

Cllr Oliver Clooney spoke on behalf of the councillors present who included Seamus McDonald, John King and Conor Bergin.

John Hendy brought along his 1909 model T Ford which is a similar car to that used at the original opening of the Woodenbridge in the early 1930’s

The evening concluded with refreshments for all.

Laois County Council undertook this project led by Edmond Kenny who was able assisted throughout by Dermot Dunne, James Dunne, Paul McLoughlin, James Dowling, Gerry Hooban, Mark Murphy and directors of services Simon Walton and Donal Brennan along with  County Manager John Milholland.

Cork construction company Comner carried out the work led by bridge building experts Ben Kennedy and Liam Leddy.

What an amenity for South Laois

Throughout the process this project had the full support and understanding of the local community who are now thrilled to have this iconic tourism attraction which is reputed to be the only bridge made from solid oak timber currently carving public traffic in Ireland.