From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
An Droichead Nua
Goresbridge over the River Barrow
Goresbridge over the River Barrow
Etymology: Named after Gores' Bridge
Goresbridge is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°38′00″N 7°04′00″W / 52.633333°N 7.066667°W / 52.633333; -7.066667Coordinates: 52°38′00″N 7°04′00″W / 52.633333°N 7.066667°W / 52.633333; -7.066667
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Kilkenny
Barony Gowran
 • Type County Council
 • Body Kilkenny County Council[1]
 • Dáil Éireann Carlow–Kilkenny
 • European Parliament Ireland South
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 361
Time zone GMT (WET) (UTC±00:00)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC+01:00)
Irish Grid Reference S 69 54
Website www.kilkennycoco.ie

Goresbridge (Irish: An Droichead Nua, meaning "The New Bridge"[3][4]) is a small village located in the east of County Kilkenny, in the province of Leinster, Ireland. Goresbridge is named after a 1756 bridge, built by Colonel Ralph Gore, which provides a crossing of the River Barrow between County Kilkenny and County Carlow in the South-East region.

Located 2.75 miles (4.43 km) from Gowran on the R702 (KilkennyEnniscorthy) regional road, and approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of Kilkenny.[5]

Part of the civil parish is Grangesilvia[6] which is in the barony of Gowran.[4] King Charles II granted Arthur Gore the townland of Barrowmount. The "Battle of Goresbridge" occurred there in June 1798.[7]

The 2011 census the population of the census town was 361.[2] The local authority is Kilkenny County Council. Goresbridge gives its name to a district electoral division.[8]


Goresbridge was located in historic Gaelic kingdom of Ossory (Osraige). Following the Williamite–Jacobite War King Charles II gave grants of land which had been forfeited by the Roman Catholic owners.[5][9]

Arthur Gore obtained a grant of land, the townland of Barrowmount in parish of Grangesilvia, from Charles II,[5][9] and by the end of the 17th century the Gore family were well established.[9]

"Goresbridge"[10] was named for the family and the New Bridge built in 1756 by Colonel Ralph Gore.[5][9] On the 1846 OSI map of Ireland the village is referred to it as Newbridge.

Gore's Bridge[edit]

Gore's Bridge has nine-arch's granite bridge crossing of the River Barrow between County Kilkenny and County Carlow. Built in 1756 by Colonel Ralph Gore the Earl of Ross.[7]

This mid eighteenth-century elegantly-composed landmark was built using unrefined Carlow granite.[7] It represents an important element of civil engineering and transport heritage[7] and formed a vital link between the two counties.[5]

Battle of Goresbridge[edit]

The Battle of Goresbridge occurred during the Irish Rebellion on the 23 June 1798 at Gore's Bridge.[5][7] During the Wexford Rebellion, and just days Battle of Vinegar Hill, Wexford insurgents attempted to use the Gore's Bridge.

The locally stationed Wexford Militia[5] were defeated, they lost their cavalry,[5] twenty eight soldiers were captured, and the rest fled to Kilkenny.[5] There is a carved granite memorial adjacent to the bridge.[5]


Goresbridge railway station opened on 26 October 1870, closed for passenger traffic on 26 January 1931 and for goods traffic on 27 January 1947, finally closing altogether on 1 April 1963.[11]

See also[edit]