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Ballyvoile Bridge re-opened August 1923
Munster Express 18 Aug 1923

The first vehicle to cross over the bridge was a float driven by Mr. Thomas Beatty with a load of goods from the Durrow Railway Station.  He is proud to have been the first to cross, but now the bridge is being used by every kind of car.
It is now exactly 12 months since the centre arch of the Ballyvoile bridge was blown up.  On the same evening the fine structure the railway bridge, so unique in its way, had also one of its arches blown away.  It held for some days but...a second arch gave way.  This in a few days was followed by the entire collapse of the fine bridge...rising 108 feet above the bed of the ravine.
The second bridge would have suffered a like fate, but Mr Bowen, the Co. Surveyor, with commendable foresight, set to work and placed between the pillars of the broken arch, stout timber baulks.The bridge was built under the supervision of Mr. Tarrant about 60 years ago.
Limestone of excellent quality will form the parapet.  These blocks are now in the hands of stone cutters.  It is said that the railway bridge is about being began.
It was comparatively unknown to many before the destruction.  Now the story of its damage and desolation have gone around the world and this week a letter reached me giving information of an illustration of the bridge in the Melbourne Argus.

If you would like to learn more about the history of Ballyvoile Bridge there is a information on it in the book "The Towns & Villages of the Waterford Greenway" which is available for sale in the museum as well as in shops locally.

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