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‘McKinney’s Rail Bridge of Corkan Island’


River Foyle between Strabane, County Tyrone & Porthall, County Donegal, Ireland
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River Foyle between Strabane, County Tyrone & Porthall, County Donegal, Ireland

These rusty pillars are all that remain from a great railway bridge that was constructed in around the turn of the century. Mc Kinneys Bridge was part of the “Great Northern Railway” line (GNR) that was established throughout Ireland in 1883. This old bridge was once a major part of the Industrial Era that has since long gone. Sadly after 75 years’ service, the “Great Northern Railway” shut down operations in 1957.

Looking down on this silent calm river & watching everything made me think on how fast times have changed. Only 70 years ago these waters would have never ceased to ripple, by the amount of merchant barges & boats sailing both ways. Everything has moved on from steam trains to planes and cars etc who knows what technology tomorrow brings?

Times have certainly changed & moved forward by the modern advances in freight lorries, aeroplanes & internet deliveries. Nowadays calm mirrored reflections are a common sight on these silent riverbanks….. in my book this is wonderful as it’s how this river was for thousands of years prior & how it should now remain once again, the way nature intended ?

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Donegal, Tyrone