Bunlahinch

Clapper Bridge

In Bunlahinch, County Mayo stands this wonderful prehistoric form of stone bridge. Although this bridge is dated to around the 1840s, this constuction was quite common in pre-historic times. The word Clapper is said to originate in Sussex, England and means plank. Clapper bridges are made from a series of small pillars joined together by stone lintels laid across the top. This bridge is approximately two foot wide and about 150 foot in length.The name Bunlahinch comes from the Irish "Bun na hInse" meaning bottom of the river meadow.

Situated: From Louisberg take the R335 south for 6 kilometres. At Cregganbaun take a right turn for Killeen, you will pass the wedge tomb at Srahwee. Drive to the end of this road and take a right at killeen, go straight through at the crossroads, then take the next right (sign-posted)

Discovery Map 37: L 7532 7594. Last visit May 2009.

Longitude: 9° 53' 19" W

Latitude: 53° 43' 6" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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