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Youghal Old Bridge

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Youghal Old Bridge
Location Map ( geo)
Westbound N25 approaching Youghal Bridge - Geograph - 6057332.jpg
The tollhouse heading west on the N25 towards Youghal Bridge.
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Waterford • Cork
Opening Date
Closure Date
IR£18,000 approx
Additional Information
Bridge Type:  Bascule Bridge
Engineer:  Alexander Nimmo
On road(s)

Youghal Bridge (known as the Old Bridge once the new bridge came into existance) was a bridge made of wood and iron which carried the N25 over the River Blackwater in Youghal, County Waterford. It was built to replace a ferry that operated further downstream.

Quarter Inch map showing both bridges in 1965

The bridge was constructed at a wide point in the Blackwater Estuary and the western half was constructed as an embankment, which was then used to reclaim some of the land within the estuary. The eastern half was a metal and timber bridge, which was constructed by driving piles into the river bed. The eastern half was designed to be a bascule bridge, allowing it to open to let larger ships through.

The bridge was tolled, with two tollhouses constructed as part of the scheme.

Weight restrictions and and a number of chicanes added along the crossing towards the end of its life to reduce traffic speeds, and needed to be replaced on safety grounds.

A modern bridge replaced it, situated further upstream.

Main Article: Youghal Bridge

The bridge remained for foot traffic only for a number of years following the opening of the new bridge.


Youghal Old Bridge
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Westbound N25 approaching Youghal Bridge - Geograph - 6057332.jpg
Crossings of the River Blackwater
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