Madam’s Bridge ~ Fethard, Co, Tipperary

I have a fascination for bridges of all descriptions and was completely captivated last week by Madam’s Bridge in Fethard, Co. Tipperary. The very name had me asking all sorts of questions before I even saw the bridge. Who was Madam? I still don’t know but am hoping to be enlightened soon.

Madam’s Bridge is one of those bridges that you could just cross and miss its beauty. It is at the Clonmel side of Fethard and spans the Clashawley River. As I was looking for a way to get down to the river bank to view the bridge from beneath, I took a look over  its left arm and was greeted by what could only be called a Monet-like vista of wild flowers.

Wild Flowers beneath Madam’s Bridge

From river level, Madam’s Bridge  looked wonderfully solid and simple.

Madam’s Bridge, Fethard, Co. Tipperary

Walking down- river on what was one of the hottest days of the year, I came upon a group a youngsters who were jumping into the river with splashes and laughter that could have been from any era.

Cooling off in the Clashawley River

That walk from Madam’s Bridge brought me  to the stunning walls of Fethard that were built in medieval times and which have been lovingly restored over the last few decades. They stand tall among the treasures of Ireland.

Historic Walls of Fethard, Co. Tipperary

Fethard village has an abundance of charm and it is impossible to think of it without referring to  world-famous Coolmore Stud which is just a couple of miles out the road.  As I had been driving into Fethard and over what I hadn’t realised was Madam’s Bridge,  I was caught behind a huge tractor with a trailer piled high with bales of hay which were raining down on my car as they brushed against the hedges.  I badly wanted a photograph of this golden rain and followed the trailer out the road. Yes, it brought me to Coolmore with all its splendour.

Coolmore Stud

But back at Madam’s Bridge, I felt I had so much to learn about Fethard and its history as well as its everyday activity now. There will be an opportunity to savour even more of Fethard in the coming days during the Fethard Medieval Festival 2012 which runs from August 15th-19th.

About socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.
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4 Responses to Madam’s Bridge ~ Fethard, Co, Tipperary

  1. thevanbrown says:

    You have a way of filling me with images. From the other side of earth, I thank you!

    • socialbridge says:

      Van, what a lovely comment. Ireland certainly has plenty of beauty to keep the images flowing. It’s so nice to know that the post has touched the other side of the Atlantic.

  2. Nancy says:

    I agree with Van. Such beauty in surprising places!

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