Bellews Bridge

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Bellews Bridge
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20190820-1830 - Bellews Bridge across the Castletown River, looking north 54.028053N 6.445183W.jpg
Looking north along the bridge
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Location
Tateetra, Dundalk
County
Louth
Highway Authority
Louth County
Opening Date
1674, restored c.1920
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Arch Bridge

Bellews Bridge is a multiple stone arch bridge over the Castletown river west of Dundalk, County Louth. It was built in 1674 and restored c.1920. In the 17th century the bridge would have formed part of the route from Dundalk to Armagh, this route later used the R177 when this road was built in the 19th century.

A stone plaque on the bridge attributes construction to Sir John Bellew.

It is known locally as the Coffin Bridge, because the parapet was used to rest coffins on when being carried to the Bridge-a-crin Church nearby. It was rumoured to be the spot where James 'Butchy' Kirk's coffin was thrown into the river; however, this is instead documented to be the bridge over the River Fane in Inniskeen (source: http://creggan1.tripod.com/Creggan3d.htm (archive.org)).


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20190820-1830 - Bellews Bridge across the Castletown River, looking north 54.028053N 6.445183W.jpg
Crossings of the Castletown River and Tributaries
Castletown/Creggan River: Ballybinaby Bridge • Fords Bridge • Bellews (Coffin) Bridge • M1 Bridge • St Johns Bridge • Newry Road Bridge • Táin Bridge
Kilcurry/Forkhill River: Forkhill Bridge
Falmore/Dungooly River 
aka Cully Water: 
Dungooly Bridge
Flurry:Flurry Bridge • Currathir Bridge • Thompson's Bridge • Ballymascanlan Bridge
Minor Tributaries:Granny's Bridge • Taylor's Bridge • Ravensdale Bridge • Anaverna Bridge • Marble Bridge