Leixlip’s Rye Bridge demolition plan is opposed at council

A proposal to remove the stone wall on each side of Leixlip’s Rye Bridge is not meeting with a whole hearted welcome.

A proposal to remove the stone wall on each side of Leixlip’s Rye Bridge is not meeting with a whole hearted welcome.

Cllr. Colm Purcell asked the County Council Celbridge area committee to agreed to a replacement of the wall with an “ornate railing” so that the Rye river and the boat house can be viewed by pedestrians.

But Cllr. Anthony Larkin, whose former family home, lies close to the historic bridge is not happy with the idea.

Council officials have poured some cold running water on the suggestion as well. “Unfortunately, there may be operational difficulties with this proposal as the wall has to be sufficiently strong to retain road vehicles and prevent them from crashing into the river below,” a report to members said.

Cllr. Larkin said: “I don’t know if I’m made about this. It is an uncut stone bridge,” he said adding that we can put our fingers into holes made by bullets from Black and Tan guns in the War of independence. “We are painting railings 24/7.”

However, Cllr. Senan Griffin like the idea.

- Henry Bauress