THE QUIET MAN BRIDGE
If you are a fan of classic movies, you might recognize the Quiet Man Bridge as the setting for the opening scenes of the 1952 film “The Quiet Man” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. The film, directed by John Ford, tells the story of an Irish-American boxer who returns to Ireland to reclaim his family’s farm and falls in love with a local woman. The film is widely regarded as one of the best movies ever made and won two Academy Awards.
But the Quiet Man Bridge is more than just a movie location. It is also a historic and scenic landmark in the beautiful region of Connemara, in County Galway. The bridge is a humped back stone bridge with double Roman arches, built in the 19th century over the Leam River. It is surrounded by stunning views of the mountains, lakes and boglands that characterize Connemara’s landscape.
The bridge is located about 8 kilometers west of Oughterard, on the N59 road, and is easily accessible by car or bike. There is a small layby for parking and a display board with information about the bridge and the film. Visitors can walk across the bridge and take photos of the picturesque scenery.
The Quiet Man Bridge is a must-see for anyone who loves movies, history or nature. It is a testament to the enduring appeal of the film and the beauty of Connemara. Whether you have seen the film or not, you will be charmed by this quaint and romantic spot.
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