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An Droichead Nua
Goresbridge over the River Barrow
|Etymology: Named after Gores' Bridge|
Location in Ireland
|• Type||County Council|
|• Body||Kilkenny County Council|
|• Dáil Éireann||Carlow–Kilkenny|
|• European Parliament||Ireland South|
|Time zone||UTC±00:00 (GMT (WET))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+01:00 (IST (WEST))|
|Irish Grid Reference||S 69 54|
Goresbridge (Irish: An Droichead Nua, meaning "The New Bridge") is a small village located in the east of County Kilkenny, in the province of Leinster, Ireland. Goresbridge is named after a 1756 bridge, built by Colonel Ralph Gore, which provides a crossing of the River Barrow between County Kilkenny and County Carlow in the South-East region.
Part of the civil parish is Grangesilvia which is in the barony of Gowran. King Charles II granted Arthur Gore the townland of Barrowmount. The "Battle of Goresbridge" occurred there in June 1798.
Goresbridge was located in historic Gaelic kingdom of Ossory (Osraige). Following the Williamite–Jacobite War King Charles II gave grants of land which had been forfeited by the Roman Catholic owners.
This mid eighteenth-century elegantly-composed landmark was built using unrefined Carlow granite. It represents an important element of civil engineering and transport heritage and formed a vital link between the two counties.
The Battle of Goresbridge occurred during the Irish Rebellion on the 23 June 1798 at Gore's Bridge. During the Wexford Rebellion, and just days Battle of Vinegar Hill, Wexford insurgents attempted to use the Gore's Bridge.
The locally stationed Wexford Militia were defeated, they lost their cavalry, twenty eight soldiers were captured, and the rest fled to Kilkenny. There is a carved granite memorial adjacent to the bridge.
Goresbridge railway station opened on 26 October 1870, closed for passenger traffic on 26 January 1931 and for goods traffic on 27 January 1947, finally closing altogether on 1 April 1963.
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- (Kilkenny County Council 2005, Goresbridge Local Area Plan 2005 (PDF))
- (Fiontar 2008, Gráinseach na Coille/Grangesilvia)
- (NIAH, Gore's Bridge Reg. No. 12311002.)
- (Government 2003)
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- NIAH, National Inventory of Architectural Heritage Building Survey, Ireland: Archaeological Survey of Ireland, National Monuments Service.
- Kilkenny County Council (2005). "Goresbridge Local Area Plan (expired in 2011)". kilkennycoco.ie.
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