Mayor of Roscommon Cllr Tom Crosby officially opened the new Red Bridge over the River Fourish, which gives access off the N5 near Tarmonbarry to the communities in Derryhannee, Erra, Drinagh and Mountdillon.
Cllr Crosby welcomed the large turnout from the local communities and his Strokestown area colleagues Cllr Valerie Byrne and Cllr Sean Beirne (apologies were sent by Cllr Eugene Murphy). He extended a special welcome to the senior Engineering Staff from Roscommon County Council, the Director of Services Majella Hunt, the Senior County Engineer Eugene Dwyer, Senior Executive Officer for Roads and Water Infrastructure Des Dwyer, former Strokestown Area Engineer Michael O’Boyle and Strokestown Area Engineer Paul Donlon.
In his address Cllr Crosby sincerely thanked his colleagues on Roscommon County Council, the County Manager Frank Dawson the Director of Services Majella Hunt for their support in securing the funding of over €200,000 and also thanked the Engineering and Outdoor Staff of Roscommon County Council for the excellent work in the completion of this fine project.
He stated that the old bridge, which was structurally damaged in 2008, had to be closed down to vehicle traffic causing severe hardship to the communities who had to make a much longer journey of several miles often many times a day to go and from their place of work, schools, shopping and also caused major difficulties to the farming community who had land and turbery on either side of the bridge.
The Mayor stated the bridge had a most interesting history referring to the name being The Red Bridge originated back at the turn of the last century during the troubles where a local landowner used the compensation from shooting injuries he received to build the original Bridge hence the name.
The Red Bridge and he stated it very appropriate to have the new bridge railings coloured in red. Cllr Crosby went on to say that the new bridge will serve the communities well for many generations in the future.