The Department of Transport is to provide €35,000 to carry out repair work to the Old Bridge in Carrick-on-Suir, according to Labour senator Denis Landy, a native of the town.
The work will involve the removal of old mortar, particularly from under the bridge, where it has been damaged by heavy flooding, and replacing this with appropriate material.
The bridge was built before Columbus discovered America, according to Senator Landy, and was the main crossing point on river Suir between Munster and Leinster for centuries.
“The bridge has seen many historical events including the great flood of 1799, the scene of Ireland’s worst inland waterways tragedy when 100 soldiers, women and children were drowned when the boat transporting them crashed into the bridge. The bridge was also damaged in the civil war and is a significant part of the heritage of the area and I am very pleased that the essential repairs will proceed without delay,” he said.