DRUMCONDRA BRIDGE ACROSS THE RIVER TOLKA

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DRUMCONDRA BRIDGE ACROSS THE TOLKA RIVER
DRUMCONDRA BRIDGE ACROSS THE TOLKA

Rebuilt in 1819 as a three arch bridge, replacing the eight arch bridge that was there. This work was carried out by the Dublin to Dunleer Turnpike Trust which owned the road. The original bridge was 20 feet wide - its replacement 45 feet. The bridge is attributed to George Knowles.

Our Lady’s Park a small public area beside the bridge features a ‘Marian Statue’

The River Tolka is one of Dublin's three main rivers, flowing from County Meath to Fingal, within the old County Dublin, and through the north of Dublin city (the other main rivers are the Liffey and the Dodder). By flow of water, the Tolka is the second largest river in Dublin, following the Liffey, but runs more slowly than the Dodder.

The path of the river through Dublin takes it through a number of parks. It passes initially through the Tolka Valley Linear Park near Blanchardstown, then between trees north of River Road, then along the southern edge of the Tolka Valley Park in the western City Council area, where it receives a tributary which provides the source of water for a pond featuring considerable bird life, including swans, ducks and herons. A large landscaped pitch and putt facility operated by Dublin City Council is situated on the southern side of the park, just south of the meandering river.

The river later flows past the tree-lined recreational areas adjacent to Glasnevin Woods and Violet Hill, and forms the northern boundary of Glasnevin (Prospect) Cemetery before meeting the National Botanic Gardens. The river forms the northern border of the Botanic Gardens except for the beautiful Rose Gardens situated on the northern side and accessed via a bridge. Thereafter it passes Glasnevin village and flows into Griffith Park where it forms a major feature of the park. Having passed by Drumcondra village, the river runs behind housing, and the green spaces at the Archbishop's Palace and Clonliffe College, before coming to Ballybough. Below Annesley Bridge at Fairview, around which was originally the river mouth, before reclamation, it runs beyond one last green space, Fairview Park, and turns to reach the sea between East Wall and western Clontarf.

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