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 sense of place.
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25 thoughts on “Walls and Bridges”
I do love stone and wooden bridges because they each have character. The ones we have around here are not so high and one can actually fish from them or just stop by and enjoy them. I also am enjoying your video images of Co. Waterford . Did you ever hear the song “Cross Over The Bridge”..I’m not sure if it was sung by Patty Paige..The first line goes Cross over the bridge, repeat, leave your troubles on your doorstep…cross over the bridge…it’s a catch tune. Bridges do connect where walls keep one in or one out depending which side of the wall you’re at.
Lovely old bridge and the quote very true
Hi Joseph, yes it’s a lovely bridge and the quote speaks volumes.
I love bridges and have done for years. When I was in Ireland a couple of years ago we passed by the bridge where the Quiet Man was filmed and it wasnt til we passed the sign that said “Quiet Man Bridge’ that I realised what it was. So, of course on the way back we had to stop. It was a wonderful place and the bridge is just as beautiful now as it was in the film and we really enjoyed looking over the edge and just watching the water flow..
So glad that you are a bridge lover too. Ireland certainly has a good range of them.
“…and the walls came down…”
Ah, thanks Van!
Beautiful old bridges Jean. We have a similar one not far from where I live in a town called Pakenham. It is billed as the only one of its type in North America although I’m not sure why.
Hi Paul, do you think it is the only one of its type in North America? That’s really something. I wonder was it some crowd from Ireland that built it?
Originally built by Scottish Engineers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakenham_Bridge
Thanks for the clarification, Paul. I wonder if some of my Scottish ancestors were involved.
A wonderful thought! Thanks for passing it on, Jean.
Naomi, I came across it at the end of a novel of all places. A great book about a bridge builder by Freya North. As a ‘bridge’ person I felt I should have known about it before this.
Beautiful bridge. Where I live in the southwestern U.S. there are so few charming old scenes like yours. But hubby and I just traveled in the east and there were so many beautiful scenes–and most of them I couldn’t snap because we were in the car, flying along!!!
Hi Luanne, oh that flying along business can be very frustrating but I suppose we’d get nowhere if we kept stopping at everything that caught our interest!
So funny because that is the push and pull of living with my husband. i want to flit around taking pix and he keeps rushing me along!
This is the truth, Jean, and I love the photo and message!
Hi Lauren, thanks so much for writing.
Where’s that bridge Jean? Love it.
Hi Roy, I’m so glad you like it. It’s a special one. I’ll write you a post about it!
I so love bridges. Whenever I come across one such as this one, I just cannot help myself either (to take pictures, that is!)
Lovely, sturdy bridge. Will stay centuries 🙂 Great quote too.
Thanks. Yes, it’s a super bridge and Issac Newton seldom disappoints.