Where there is Irish Rail, there will be destruction of Ireland's railway built heritage. And so it was with the reopening of the Clonsilla to Dunboyne railway. Stirling Bridge was located between Clonsilla and Dunboyne and unlike the nearby bridge on the R149, it was demolished. The replacement is to the left.
I will admit, this is the first such concrete span I have seen installed anywhere on the Irish railway network and whilst I do not support the demolition of original arched structures in the first place, I will give qualified applause to Irish Rail for this replacement. May it be the template for all other locations where absolute necessity requires the demolition of an original arch span.
Days Hotel Belfast - located in a lovely area of Belfast where the Union Jack flies from every lamppost and the kerbstones are painted blue white and red.
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