Iconic Mount Juliet bridge in Kilkenny to be underpinned and strengthened

Iconic Mount Juliet bridge in Kilkenny to be underpinned and strengthened
Sean Keane

An iconic bridge leading to one of Kilkenny's most prestigious addresses is to receive a major overhaul.

The White Bridge over the River Nore, which connects Ballylinch Stud and Mount Juliet is to be underpinned. Remedial works to the White Bridge which is a Protected Structure (Register of Protected Structures Reference D.24) are expected to start shortly.

The structure has a lot of history attached to it and offers one of the most panoramic views of the Nore and Mount Juliet house. The reinstatement and remedial will comprise of repairs and strengthening works to the bridge piers on the upstream side as well as repair works to the bridge's upstream face and arches, strengthening works.

Scour protection measures will be put in place to the bridge apron at various locations as well as re-grading and re-profiling of a small area of the eastern upstream embankment .

The project will also involve the resurfacing of the bridge deck. A Natural Impact Statement was submitted to

Kilkrnny county council with the planning application.

The bridge was built in 19762 by Somerset Hamilton Butler and his wife Juliet Boyle (she was 16 when they wed).

They lived with his parents at Ballylinch Castle which stood across the river from the house of William Walton. In 1755 Walton moved back to England and put his house up for sale. It was the perfect opportunity for the young couple, who used her dowry to purchase the property and expanded it considerably. The works took five years and, when it was completed, they named it in her honour: Mount Juliet.

Somerset and Juliet moved in around 1760 and in 1762 they built the only bridge on the estate.