Cappoquin is a small town in West Waterford. It’s a place I’ve been passing through for years and one of its loveliest features, for me, is The Red Bridge.
The bridge was opened in 1878 and was part of a vital railway network that connected Cork to Waterford and onwards to Rosslare in Co. Wexford.
The railway line was closed in 1967 and the last train passed over The Red Bridge in early 1968, carrying with it the tracks as they were dismantled in its wake.
Every time I stand by the bridge, I think of those who were involved in building it and wonder about the experiences and thoughts of the many, many people who traversed the bridge as they journeyed along the tracks of life.