A visit to an external hard drive this morning brought up photographs from ten years ago when the new bridge close to our house was built over the River Suir. To locals it will probably be the “new bridge” for some years yet but it has been The River Suir Bridge and now, officially, The Thomas Francis Meagher Bridge. For a while, it was “The Cat Flap” as it allowed access to the people of Co. Kilkenny (nicknamed The Cats) to Co. Waterford.
The engineer on the construction site for the bridge was a Spaniard, Sergio, and he brought me in around the site on many occasions to show me how the work was progressing and to watch particularly exciting events – which included being called around 11p.m. on night to witness the enormous, seemingly unending, line of lorries delivering concrete to pour one of the main supports. It was certainly a hive of activity and one of the milestone events in the construction.
When the central support of the bridge – the upright holding the cables – was being constructed, there was an enormous crane used to bring workers and materials up to the top. Sergio called me one lunchtime to take a “spin” in the crane to see the work and the views, which included our own garden, of course, and here are photographs from the day and some aerial photographs which Sergio gave me of the project.