The Bridge of Tears

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Muckish Mountain, Ireland
The Bridge of Tears - The carved stone that remembers those who left and those who shed tears and stayed behind
The Bridge of Tears - The Bridge of Tears
The Bridge of Tears - The road south to the mountain pass
The Bridge of Tears - The shrine at the pass, for a farewell prayer

The Bridge of Tears Muckish Mountain Reviews

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Commorating exile and loss Mar 04, 2008
On the R256 road about 6 miles south of Falcarragh, on the mountain road past Muckish that takes you to Glenveagh National Park, you will come to a small twin span bridge just before the road tops the pass. Next to the bridge is a stone carved in Gaelic in memory of all those who have passed by and of those who stopped and stayed.

For the past 150+ years Ireland exported its greatest asset - its people who had no choice if they wanted work, land, freedom or a future. Millions left, few ever returned. This stone, in a small and understated way recalls the local tradition whereby local people would accompany and emigrant up the road out of town as far as the bridge. The friends and family would halt and the person leaving would walk on up the hill and round the bend. If they could keep walking till they rounded that corner and went over the ridge they were ready to leave. Many stopped to say a last prayer at the little Marian Shrine at the top of the pass before walking on into Letterkenny, the Lagan, Derry and the boat to 'Merikay'.

The story goes that the little stream of the river Ray that races under the bridge carried a million tears to the Atlantic for those loved and lost.

And today Ireland abounds with new people, visitors from all over the world seeking a future, a fortune or the chance of a start in life. Maybe each of them has left behind their little bridge of tears.
The carved stone that remembers th…
The Bridge of Tears
The road south to the mountain pass
The shrine at the pass, for a fare…
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shirlan says:
I was born in Belfast and my daughter is hoping to go to live in Dublin soon. We want to do a road trip while she is there
Posted on: Mar 27, 2008
kingelvis14 says:
I researched the Irish famine and the mass exodus that followed. But with all the hardships and heartbreak, the people of Ireland haven't lost the most important thing of all ~ their soul. They are still full of life and laughter and love. Wonderful characteristics of a strong and proud people.
Posted on: Mar 08, 2008
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