'One Great Irish Spot': The Quiet Man Bridge in Connemara

Growing up in Chicago, Illinois, it wasn't St. Patrick's Day unless we saw the movie "The Quiet Man."  There were the parties,  the parade and the dying of the Chicago River green but until the whole family sat together and watched The Quiet Man it really wasn't St. Patrick's Day.  Several years ago my sisters and I finally got to visit Ireland.  When we got to Connemara and saw the bridge, I knew I was home.

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Tags: Connemara, Film, Galway

Comment by Ryan O'Rourke on March 14, 2014 at 5:52pm

God choice for your "Great Irish Spot," Jean.  We live just a short drive from this bridge, and our guests always want to stop to have a look and get some photos.  It really is a quintessential Irish setting, which is obviously why the filmmakers chose it for a location.

Comment by Jean Sullivan Cardinal on March 16, 2014 at 11:44am

Ryan, I'm planning my next trip for 2015 and bringing my nieces with me.  One of the few things they said they wanted to see was the bridge.  I guess it's a family tradition.  I can't wait to go back, I loved the Connemara area.

Comment by Rose Maurer on March 18, 2014 at 10:57am

Ryan, when was the bridge built - the 'civil engineering' must have been really something!

Comment by Darvis McCoy on April 2, 2014 at 10:53am

Yeah, I'd also like to know when it was built.

Comment by Bit Devine on April 2, 2014 at 12:15pm

The leam Bridge, as it is known locally, was built in the 1840s

Comment by Darvis McCoy on April 2, 2014 at 12:29pm

Wow!  That is SO cool.  Thanks Bit!

Comment by Bit Devine on April 2, 2014 at 12:41pm

They think it was built as part of the famine relief program... at least that is the story the locals hold to


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