The Old Weir Bridge is located at the ‘Meeting of the Waters’ in Killarney National Park. Dermot and his family have been involved in the boating tours in Killarney for the last 50 years. During the Gap of Dunloe tour, the boats pass under this double arched bridge twice a day.
The actual age of the bridge is unclear, but it is believed to date back to the sixteenth century. A 1780 Fisher print of the bridge shows it already had fallen in to a state of disrepair by the late 1700s.
The bridge quickly became, (and remains) a popular trip for tourist who use the swift current to propel narrow boats down the inlet.
The bridge survived the devastating floods of September 1867, when local houses, including Dinis Cottage, and other wooden structures were washed away.