Boyne Viaduct set to feature in RTE show

Published 02/08/2014 | 00:00

By train and boat, the Drogheda viaduct is a wonderful sight. It is now the subject of an RTE programme.

ONE OF Drogheda's most iconic structures is to feature in a forthcoming RTE television programme.

Drogheda Port's historical archive will act as the foundation in the new 'Building Ireland' series, with the local episode to air later in the summer.

The series, currently running on RTE One, explores and explains how Ireland's great building and engineering achievements came to be, and their impact on the development of our towns and cities.

Drogheda Port's Historical Archive will feature as engineer Tim Joyce investigates the construction of the Boyne Viaduct at Drogheda Port and its reputation as one of Ireland's greatest examples of Victorian industrial engineering.

The unique archive material includes documentation, video and photographs.

The construction of the viaduct at the time brought together two modes of transport, shipping and rail, the needs of both having to be accommodated and reflected in the air draft clearance of the bridge to allow shipping to pass into the port of Drogheda.

Divers will investigate the underwater foundations of the viaduct while Architect Orla Murphy discovers the design of a 21st Century bridge over the Boyne and geographer Susan Hegarty explores 8,000 years of human settlement in the area.

The programme will air on RTE One on Tuesday, August 5, at 7pm.

Drogheda Independent

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