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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°37′47″N 6°59′39″W / 52.6297°N 6.9942°W / 52.6297; -6.9942Coordinates: 52°37′47″N 6°59′39″W / 52.6297°N 6.9942°W / 52.6297; -6.9942
CountyCounty Kilkenny
 • TypeCounty Council
 • BodyKilkenny County Council[1]
 • Dáil ÉireannCarlow–Kilkenny
 • European ParliamentIreland South
 • Total361
Time zoneUTC±00:00 (GMT (WET))
 • Summer (DST)UTC+01:00 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceS 69 54

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]



  1. ^ Kilkenny County Council (2016). "Kilkenny County Council Elected Members". kilkennycoco.ie.
  2. ^ a b Central Statistics Office. "Population of towns ordered by county and size, 2006 and 2011" (PDF). cso.ie. p. 22.
  3. ^ (Fiontar 2008, An Droichead Nua/Goresbridge)
  4. ^ a b (Tighe 1802, p. 467, Towns not corporate − New Bridge, or Gore's-bridge)
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j (Kilkenny County Council 2005, Goresbridge Local Area Plan 2005 (PDF))
  6. ^ (Fiontar 2008, Gráinseach na Coille/Grangesilvia)
  7. ^ a b c d e (NIAH, Gore's Bridge Reg. No. 12311002.)
  8. ^ (Government 2003)
  9. ^ a b c d Comerford, Michael (1886). Collections relating to the dioceses of Kildare and Leighlin: Volume 3. J. Duffy and Sons. pp. 331–336.
  10. ^ (Lewis 1837, p. 665)
  11. ^ "Goresbridge station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-10-15.