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Once upon a time this was Ireland's one and only toll bridge but that went out the door some time ago. Nowadays the owners don't even bother to collect the money, you have to go and pay them or it gets more and more expensive. Is the toll bridge in Fiddown still there and is it still tolled if it is?

Photographer: Irish Tourism Association
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Collection: Irish Tourism Association Photographic Collection

Date: 1942 - 1944

NLI Ref: NPA ITA 1304 (Box VI)

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Oct/2022 08:00:37

    There's a few more gigantic tanks at the end of it now: goo.gl/maps/3o8Aedy94ZnzSkp47

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Oct/2022 08:12:31

    25" says the toll is at the other end from my streetview link, but in the megazoom, I think I can see the gable and chimney of the house at the end facing this way. Maybe it also includes the island, thus: goo.gl/maps/WTfvKk5ZEda8dXxW9 Hard to tell with the foreshortening.

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 18/Oct/2022 08:18:58

    Close-up of the gates and toll collector - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000577057 who may be Mr John Brown, who hired Mr Poole to photo him in 1931 - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000696462 ?? Not the only toll bridge: via Mr French / Lawrence at Athlunkard - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000297881 And via Mr Poole with pigs and policemen - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000590759

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Oct/2022 08:22:57

    At the NIAH: of additional importance for the historic associations with the Malcomson family of nearby Portlaw who, being major shareholders in the railway companies in Ireland, financed much of the construction as a means of connecting the model industrial village in County Waterford with the station recently established in Fiddown From a random road trivia page: The present concrete bridge was opened in 1983 and replaced a toll wooden bridge built in the 1850s to link the railway station at Fiddown with Portlaw. As it was provided for the benefit of the railway, the bridge became property of the rail infrastructure operator, CIÉ. After the station closed but the bridge became important to the community, CIÉ continued to maintain it with a 1p toll charged. They saw this operation as a nuisance and were eventually able to pass responsibility to the local councils, meaning that toll charges ended in 1976. This was the last toll in operation in Ireland at the time.

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    derangedlemur

    • 18/Oct/2022 08:24:59

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia So the cottage at the end that looks like a tollhouse is in fact a tollhouse.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Oct/2022 08:26:31

    RTÉ clip from 1967. 1d for pedestrians, 3d for a car. A young Bill O'Herlihy

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Oct/2022 08:36:06

    Toll houses were common enough at one time, the takings paying for local road upkeep. I remember there was one in Roundtown (Terenure) on the Templeogue Rd. This looks like the toll house maps.app.goo.gl/sRkDxeQ1ivvDw47F6?g_st=ic Poole has a lovely series of pigs crossing being resisted by other pigs. catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000590757

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Oct/2022 08:59:38

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/ Welcome to Fiddown, that’ll be 3d please

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Oct/2022 12:49:37

    The wooden bridge is marked as a ‘draw bridge’ on the older maps. This would have enabled navigation to continue on the Suir up to Carrick on Suir. No sign on our photo of such an arrangement? I wonder what was going on in those Poole photos with the pigs and the RIC? Looks like some sort of mass farmer’s protest over toll charges?

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    suckindeesel

    • 18/Oct/2022 12:56:41

    A detailed history of the bridge with some amusing anecdotes, and some lovely handwriting. www.duchas.ie/en/cbes/5162149/5158889

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    ɹǝqɯoɔɥɔɐǝq

    • 25/Oct/2022 09:41:27

    Found when looking for something else: two Poole photos of Mr Hamilton and family enjoying a sail on the river next to this bridge - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000589973 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000589974

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    Joe Cashin Photography(Thanks for 11 Million views

    • 03/Jan/2023 09:50:14

    The old timber bridge , with the railway sleepers for the roadway has been replaced many years ago.