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Identifying a location

Identifying a location

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I've been trying to identify a location and was wondering if anyone knew where it was. It's a pulley ferry that was operational around 1975. It was most likely mid west to western Ireland.

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Hi Barry,

An intriguing photo of a long time ago!

As you say, it looks like a pull-shuttle ferry maybe across a river or inlet channel. How did you come across it and what makes you think it was somewhere on the west side of the country? Are you thinking along the River Shannon?

The landscape could possibly have changed quite a lot during the last 45 years as well as the fashions and cars! :)

I hope some of our fellow members will be able to help out with this one too.

Posted Fri 10 Jan 2020 10:34 AM
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Hi Barry,
have been talking to a friend and apparently it's a ‘cable ferry’ and these were used to cross small rivers throughout Ireland (north and south) up to the 1970’s. Swing bridges were also used in a number of locations until heavier road use (especially lorries) meant that new bridges were built to replace both the cable ferries and the swing bridges. He is knows that there were a number of these in the Leitrim area.
Unfortunately, my contact has no idea where your picture was taken. However he thinks that perhaps one of the curators at the National Library in Dublin might be able to help. (https://www.nli.ie)

Posted Fri 10 Jan 2020 11:44 AM
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Hi Martin, thanks for the comments. I know it's in Ireland as that was our car and that's me in the photo walking ahead of it. If I had to improve the year of say definitely 1976. We had stayed on Achill then headed south and all over the place so we just don't remember the location. 
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Hi Christoph, I was only a baby in 1970 so it was definitely well into the 70s. I suspect it's a bridge now. I'll case up the link you provided. Kindest thanks.
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I think the best way to work out where this is Barry is to work out which part of the country you were in at the time. 
Could you tell us whereabouts in the midwest you were staying during the trip?

Perhaps you could share some memories of things you visited, I realise it was a long time ago but there were once loads of these pulley bridges, so it would be good to narrow it down.

I look forward to hearing what you can recall,
G.


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All I can remember is we headed through Connemara and I think after that Limerick.
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With not much to go on, Barry, 

I took a look at images of river banks where pulley/cable ferries were located. 

I think we might be looking at the only one still in existence, although it has changed a lot since back then. It travells between Little Island and Waterford Castle. Do you remember ever being in either of these locations?

Regards,
G.

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