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an Droichead Adhmaid
The R747 over the Aughrim River, the former "Woodenbridge"
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°50′05″N 6°14′40″W / 52.834771°N 6.244445°W / 52.834771; -6.244445Coordinates: 52°50′05″N 6°14′40″W / 52.834771°N 6.244445°W / 52.834771; -6.244445
CountyCounty Wicklow
25 m (82 ft)
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))

Woodenbridge (Irish: an Droichead Adhmaid)[1] is a small village in County Wicklow, Ireland. It lies between Arklow and Avoca, at the meeting of the Avoca, Aughrim and Goldmine rivers. The village is located at the junction of the R747 and R752 roads. The R747 crosses the Aughrim on the stone bridge (see photo) which is still called "Wooden Bridge".


The village was historically called Garrynagowlan, Garragowlan and Garnagowlan (from Irish: Garrán an Ghabhláin, meaning "grove of the little forks") after the townland it occupies.[1][2]


Woodenbridge Golf Course is located here, as are two hotels. The entire golf course was flooded to a depth of several feet during Hurricane Charley in August 1986, which also destroyed a number of bridges over the River Avoca and its tributaries.

Woodenbridge Hotel

The Woodenbridge Hotel & Lodge, established in 1608 claims to be the oldest hotel in Ireland.[3] Future Taoiseach and President Éamon de Valera and Sinéad de Valera stayed at the hotel on their honeymoon in 1910[4]

Woodenbridge Hotel (1608)
Woodenbridge Hotel (1608)


The remains of an abandoned railway station on the mainline railway between Dublin and Rosslare Harbour can be seen beside the golf course. Woodenbridge railway station opened on 22 May 1865 and finally closed on 30 March 1964.[5] Bus Éireann route 133 serves Woodenbridge four times a day on weekdays and twice on Sundays linking it to Arklow, Avoca, Rathdrum, Wicklow and Dublin.[6]

World War One

In September 1914, Catholic MP John Redmond of New Ross gave a speech in Woodenbridge encouraging Catholic and Protestant men to join the British war effort.

See also


  1. ^ a b Placenames Database of Ireland: Woodenbridge
  2. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland: Garnagowlan
  3. ^ Woodenbridge Hotel
  4. ^ http://www.woodenbridgehotel.com/about-us/history.508.html
  5. ^ "Woodenbridge station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-25.
  6. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-06-26. Retrieved 2013-05-03.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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