Welcome for re-opening of Four Masters Bridge near Kinlough

Welcome for re-opening of Four Masters Bridge near Kinlough
Sue Doherty sue.doherty@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

The Four Masters bridge near Kinlough, which has been closed since last December, re-opened to traffic on Tuesday evening.

A spokesperson for Donegal County Council said that repair works are still ongoing and traffic will be managed using traffic lights until the works are complete".

The historic triple-arched bridge over the Drowes River between Ballyshannon and Kinlough was originally built around 1780.

It was closed in December after high waters caused by exceptionally heavy rains did considerable damage to the structure.

Speaking to the Donegal Democrat yesterday, Noel McGowan, owner of the Spar supermarket in Kinlough, said everyone in the village is “absolutely delighted” that the bridge is now back in service.

“The closure was a big hindrance to people living on both sides of the bridge, especially residents of Ardfarna, Askill and Mullinaleck.”

Community activist Thomas Kelly, who campaigned to have the bridge repaired, posted this photo to his Facebook page on Tuesday night. He said the reopening of the bridge is “Welcome news, I’m sure, for all users of the bridge, especially people living in the vicinity.”