Cromwell’s Bridge is an old bridge from the 17th century, located in the surroundings of Kenmare in County Kerry. Built by the English, its arch is particularly high, and is part of the curiosities of the village!
Although perfectly preserved, the Cromwell’s Bridge is today considered too fragile to be crossed by man. The bridge is named in honour of Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), a Briton who tried to crush the Irish rebellions.
However, the British would never have set foot in Kerry, which raises many questions among historians. Why was the bridge named as such?
Nowadays, Cromwell’s Bridge has literally been invaded by vegetation, which gives it a fairy-tale and bucolic charm. Its access is of course free of charge, and the area is quiet enough for a picnic in the middle of nature!
Its shape has the merit of being strange: its bow is particularly strong, and must have been rather uncomfortable to cross for the British army!