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Old Weir Bridge

Old Weir Bridge

Photographer: Hudson, John

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1867

Shelfmark: 1782.a.24

Item number: 4

Length: 10.6

Width: 17.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

"Old Weir Bridge is an antiquated structure of two arches, only one of which affords a passage for boats, which are carried by the current with great swiftness without an effort of the rowers; in descending the stream during flood, and shooting through the bridge, coolness and dexterity are no less requisite than vigour and perseverance were during the ascent.

The most interesting object connected with this portion of the Killarney scenery is the Eagle's Nest, a high, prominent, pyramidal rock, rising upwards of 1,000 feet above the river, and which stands about midway between Dinis Island and the Upper Lake. Taken in connexion with the surrounding mountains, the rock is not a very striking object, but when viewed from the water, where it is seen from its base to its summit, its height and form are calculated to excite our wonder and admiration; its base is covered with wood, and shrubs appear scattered along it up to the very apex of the pyramid. It is from this rock that the loud reverberating echoes are awakened in so remarkable a manner. It was formerly a frequent practice with parties to bring a small cannon to fire off from the bank on the opposite side of the river; now they are generally content with the sounds produced by the bugle. Our imagination endues the mountains with life; and to their attributes of magnitude and silence and solitute we for a moment add the power of listening, and a voice. Between the Eagle's Nest and Colman's Leap a succession of picturesque rocks and little craggy promontories are passed, and the sail is otherwise rendered interesting by the change of scenery produced by every fresh winding of the river."

Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Killarney' by J Hudson

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