Thursday Doors – Bridges of Belturbet


Welcome to Belturbet, County Cavan for this week’s Thursday Doors. I’ve been wanting to take a shot of this door for a while now as I love the colourful layers of peeled back paint, which seems to include the wall, too. Many Irish towns and villages use colour to brighten up the place, possibly because on a grey, wet day a row of ordinary buildings can show some individualism and cheer up the passersby. As I thought about this I felt a tug on my arm, reminding me that I was not alone. Tino the dog (aka The Gaffer) was getting bored looking at paint peel, so the least I could do was take him for a ramble along one of our favourite walks in the town.

I love this old bridge, I’m forever taking photos of it. It’s called the Erne Bridge, after the river it spans, and was built in 1836 by James F. Johnstone to the designs of Alexander Armstrong, the County Surveyor. The bridge is an important part of the civil engineering heritage of Belturbet, and demonstrates the technical skill employed in infrastructural works in Ireland in the early 1800’s.


The next bridge we come to is the old railway line, now used as a pedestrian walk and the first part of a link to Turbet Island, an ancient Anglo-Norman mott and bailey fort that deserves a post all to itself. Through the arch on the left you can catch a glimpse of another bridge.


The white bridge in the distance is The River Erne Bridge, part of the Belturbet town bypass, which was officially opened on December 13th, 2013. Ferrovial Agroman PT McWilliams Ltd Joint Ventureย was contracted to design and build the bridge. Itsย total length is 150 meters, of which 70 meters spans the river. This type of structure is known as an extrados bridge, which is a cross between a cable stay bridge and an externally prestressed girder bridge. A fairly uncommon structure worldwide, this one is the first of its type to be constructed in Ireland and has won two awards.


Another bridge that was important to me (and The Gaffer) on our walk, was the little green footbridge that links Turbet Island to the rest of the town. This photo was shot from the railway bridge and you can just about see the old Erne Bridge in the distance.


Having completed our circuit of the island I decided that a visit to the marina would be a nice way to end our walk. The geese accompanied us along the pathway for a while until we came to this slipway. Once they caught sight of the river again, they were off. The Gaffer wasn’t too impressed by them and as he hates the water, he turned to me and said, “You must be barking mad if you think I’m going any further.”


After that chilly but lovely walk around Belturbet I think we should all have a nice cup of something warm – mine’s a coffee. Thanks so much for your company and if you’re not too worn out, carry on over to Norm’s blog and see what Thursday Doors awaits you there.



About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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35 Responses to Thursday Doors – Bridges of Belturbet

  1. Jackie says:

    You are making me homesick.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    I’m drinking a fresh cup as I walked with you and the Gaffer, Jean. I love the door, but you know I have a huge soft spot for bridges, and you delivered some fine ones. The stone arch railway bridge turned pedestrian walk is very similar to one of my favorite bridges here. Ours was also built in the mid 1800s (probably by Irish immigrants) and still carries about 30 trains a day over the Farmington River.

    Thanks for the great walk.

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  3. Amy says:

    What a lovely walk! I love those peeling layers as well. And I love a good bridge. Both for their architecture, but also the beautiful waters that they typically cross over. I think I’ll have a cup of coffee now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I was having a hot cuppa tea while viewing and reading your post. The stone bridges are gorgeous. Thanks for taking a walk around and sharing them.

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  5. dimlamp says:

    That’s quite a weather-worn door.

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Love the weathering and peeled multicoloured paint in that first shot.

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  8. JT Twissel says:

    That is a lovely bridge particularly as the river is so calm and acts like a mirror!

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  9. sydspix says:

    Loved all the bridges – what a variety!

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  10. Junieper/Jesh stG says:

    Love the bridge – has a lot of character! Am beginning to see that you have a lot of water around, just like in Holland. The door is priceless:) I can imagine, bright colors also fit with the Irish character, much different from the reserved demeanor of the Dutch (in general, of course). The geese in your last image is a nice touch!

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  11. I’m sitting here enjoying my morning coffee while reading about your walk and enjoying the beautiful photos. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Jennie says:

    Gorgeous bridges!

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  13. joey says:

    The Gaffer is totes dorbs! And good doors, too!

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  14. Junieper/Jesh stG says:

    A merry Christmas to you Jean! Wishing you all the joy and peace that comes with it! Sometimes we have to dig it up when buried by circumstances, but hope you can find some measure of it.
    Also all the best for the New Year:)

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    • Thank you, Jesh. It’s been a wierd December with very mixed emotions. I’m looking forward to the end of it and a fresh new year. Hope it will be a good one for you and your family XX.


      • Junieper/Jesh stG says:

        Don’t worry, next year it will be “easier.” The first anniversary of a loved one passing is always the hardest! Good that you have a New Year to look forward too:):) thinking of you…

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  15. Ah, well done for reading his mind. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I think this is exactly what he is saying.

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  16. Reblogged this on The Bridgehunter's Chronicles and commented:
    This guest column and tour guide takes us to the outbacks of…..(gasp) Ireland and a village that prides itself on its four unique bridges. Enjoy the tour. ๐Ÿ™‚

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