We spent a day following the River Bandon, all the way from near our school, to Kinsale Harbour. First we started at Desert Bridge and looked at the materials (stone) needed to make the bridge and we measured the span of it. (45m) We counted the arches ( ) under the bridge. We noticed that the water was quite quick flowing.
Our second stop was Baxter’s Bridge and again we looked at all the features of the bridge. (span 53m, it is made of limestone and it has 3 arches) We did notice that the river was flowing slower and there seemed to be some erosion on the banks.
Our next stop was the iron footbridge in Bandon. Again we recorded all our info about the bridge. The span (46m), the materials (metal and concrete) and how the bridge is held upright (metal supports set in concrete). We were very lucky to have crossed this bridge when we did as the last time ever to cross this bridge is June 12th because after that it will be taken down. One thing we did notice here about the River Bandon was the river works going on, the digging, the draining of the water, etc
We stopped next at a fisherman’s bridge called O’Driscoll’s Bridge, we noticed the water was very dirty due to all the digging in Bandon town and the pupils were worried about the fish and the ducks. The bridge span was 34m and the river was flowing very slowly. the bridge was made of metal and concrete.
After that some pupils got out with two members of staff at Innishannon Bridge and measured it. This bridge is very dangerous as the traffic goes by very quickly. The span here was 47m.
Then the bus took us down to Kilmacsimon Quay and we were able to see that the tide was out, but now the River Bandon is very wide as it makes its way to the sea. There was a dry dock at this quay and we were able to see boats here up out of the water.
Our last stop was Kinsale Bridge, we all estimated the length of the bridge and measured it across and back. We recorded all our information about the bridge. the span of the bridge is 337m and it is made of concrete and metal. we could see lots of boats in the water including an Irish Customs Boat.
Soon after that we had a very big lunch on the beach behind the Dock Bar, where we spent an hour here eating and playing before returning to school. We had a great day and learnt a lot about our local river, the River Bandon.