Book Launch of Bridging the Ages
Photos of the launch of BRIDGING
The Winding Roads and Stone Bridges of Kilcar and Glencolmcille 1750 – 1900.
Launched by: Margaret Sweeney, CEO of
on 19 June 2010, 8.30 p. m.
Venue: The Aislann, Kilcar, Co Donegal
Bridging the Ages (ISBN: 9780956582300) is available for purchase
in local shops, County Donegal bookshops,
and directly from the author via
PayPal . Special price on the launch night only of €28.00.
Patrick McBrearty, a native of Kilcar, Co Donegal, emigrated in the 1960s
to London, England. He is now retired and lives in Kilcar where he pursues
love of photography, hill walking, fishing and local history.
There are many important reasons to study our bridges and other aspects of
local heritage, not least among them being the need to preserve the particular
ancient craft of stonemasonry and to encourage the protection of historic stone
structures in our midst which provide worthwhile rural employment, promote
tourism, and the preservation of beautiful landscapes.
This book includes an illustrated photographic collection of some of the architecturally
interesting stone bridges, culverts and pipes in both parishes of Kilcar and
Glencolmcille. This is an opportunity to exhibit some of the area’s beautiful
stone arch bridges, and dry stone built pipes.
These builders and craftsmen of bygone generations left us a legacy of architectural
gems borne from their misery and privation - bridge structures that are not
only beautiful in and of themselves, but which have, for those that remain,
stood the test of time. To admire the workmanship of these bridges is to stand
in awe of their gritty determination, imagination and artistry.
Many of the bridges were constructed before our fathers or grandfathers were
born: they provide an anchorage to a thread that joined the community together
down through the generations and also maintain the memory of the travellers
who passed before us.
The communities of Kilcar and Glencolmcille are very fortunate to have such
a rich heritage on their doorsteps and an abundance of ancient monuments, bridges
and roads attesting to the highly skilled craftsmanship of their builders as
seen today throughout the local landscape. The author feels we should cherish
these monuments, buildings and bridges as part of our cultural heritage for
the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.