Mortar similar to the type originally used in building Carrick-on-Suir's historic Old Bridge was applied in the repointing of the national monument during the recent €150,000 rehabilitation project, a Carrick Municipal District meeting was told.
Carick Municipal District Engineer Nicola Keating assured Cllr David Dunne that lime mortar was used to repoint the bridge's stonework after he told the meeting some locals expressed concerns to him about how the bridge was going to be re-plastered.
She explained that as the Old Bridge was a national monument, the Council had an archaeologist supervising the renovations and repairs. The Council had to liaise with the National Monuments Service and get approval from the Service for the type of material used in the re-pointing.
Both Cllr Dunne and fellow Carrick councillor Kieran Bourke praised the work carried out on the bridge. "It's fantastic to see the bridge looking so well. It's getting a great reaction around town," said Cllr Dunne.
Cllr Bourke said it was great to see the foliage gone from the bridge.
The Council has applied for funding to carry out the second phase of the Old Bridge remedial works next summer.