Droichid na hEireann, a six part series on RTÉ One telling the story of Ireland’s beloved bridges, will feature Bundoran bridge this Monday 7th February.
The bilingual series presented by actor Lochlann Ó Mearáin, has been exploring the history, architecture, landscape and above all the people behind extraordinary bridges across the island and the pivotal role they have played in historic events and in modern day society. Travelling across the length and breath of the country, Lochlann explores century old stone bridges to modern contemporary designs from natural geological formations to great engineering feats, to reveal their hidden history and impact, far greater than just bricks and mortar.
The episode that will air this Monday at 7:30pm on RTÉ One will feature local GAA stalwarts Brian McEniff and Seamie Granaghan who will play the traditional game of handball with host Lochlann Ó Mearáin at Bundoran Bridge. The game was played for many years at that location and the flat wall is still in place.
On the same episode, Lochlann will take a look at the history behind the disappearance of the Donegal railway line and catch up with musician Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh under the shadow of Errigal mountain. He will then travel to the walled city of Derry where he will sail along the River Foyle to learn about how one modern structure has built bridges between two communities.
The episode will air this Monday 7th February at 7:30pm on RTÉ One and will be available afterwards on RTÉ Player.
Previous episode of the series are available on the RTÉ Player.
About Droichid na hÉireann:
From road to railway bridges, viaducts to footbridges, these man-made structures have long been an integral part of our country’s infrastructure. But beyond their primary function, how much do we really know about these structures?
He rediscovers the remarkable tales behind our bridges through a wealth of fascinating human stories told through expert commentary and local storytelling.
On his breath-taking visual journey through some of Ireland’s most beautiful landscapes, Lochlann ventures to the hills of Donegal to Poisoned Glen under the shadow of Mount Errigal, visits the beloved Shakey Bridge in Cork City, walks across Ireland’s longest rope bridge in Kells Bay and explores one of Europe’s first examples of a suspension rope bridge in Birr Castle. In the walled city of Derry he visits a structure that bridged communities together, he listens to a unique musical performance at Bellacorrick Musical Bridge in Mayo and travels to Connemara to visit the iconic Quiet Man Bridge. While in the midlands he explores one of Europe’s finest examples of a suspension bridge in Birr Castle and travels to the Drogheda to visit a Victorian bridge supposedly built on foundations of cotton wool.
Droichid na hÉireann explores the rich architectural and historical heritage of Ireland’s most fascinating and visually spectacular bridges.
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