Woodenbridge

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Woodenbridge
an Droichead Adhmaid
Town
The R747 over the Aughrim River, the former "Woodenbridge"
The R747 over the Aughrim River, the former "Woodenbridge"
Woodenbridge is located in Ireland
Woodenbridge
Woodenbridge
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°50′05″N 6°14′40″W / 52.834771°N 6.244445°W / 52.834771; -6.244445Coordinates: 52°50′05″N 6°14′40″W / 52.834771°N 6.244445°W / 52.834771; -6.244445
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Wicklow
Elevation 25 m (82 ft)
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)

Woodenbridge (Irish: an Droichead Adhmaid)[1] is a small village in County Wicklow, Ireland. It lies between Arklow and Avoca, at the meeting of the Avoca, Aughrim and Goldmine rivers. The village is located at the junction of the R747 and R752 roads. The R747 crosses the Aughrim on the stone bridge (see photo) which is still called "Wooden Bridge".

Name[edit]

The village was historically called Garrynagowlan, Garragowlan and Garnagowlan (from Irish: Garraí na nGabhlán, meaning "grove of the little forks") after the townland it occupies.[1][2]

Amenities[edit]

Woodenbridge Golf Course is located here, as are two hotels. The entire golf course was flooded to a depth of several feet during Hurricane Charlie in August 1986, which also destroyed a number of bridges over the River Avoca and its tributaries. The Woodenbridge Hotel & Lodge, established in 1608 claims to be the oldest hotel in Ireland.[3]

Woodenbridge Hotel (1608)

Transport[edit]

The remains of an abandoned railway station on the mainline railway between Dublin and Rosslare Harbour can be seen beside the golf course. Woodenbridge railway station opened on 22 May 1865 and finally closed on 30 March 1964.[4] Bus Éireann route 133 serves Woodenbridge four times a day on weekdays and twice on Sundays linking it to Arklow, Avoca, Rathdrum, Wicklow and Dublin.[5]

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