Saturday, October 17, 2009
I know I seem to have a fascination with bridges but in my defence I grew up beside a small river with a little footbridge. There is a lot of funny superstitions and folklore tied up with bridges and I grew up listening to some of those stories*.This is Bennettsbridge Kilkenny, I thought that I might get a quick picture, but there was nothing in it from this angle. I have only kept it because of the next shot. A closeup shot, I thought that these two swans were cute, like they were hesitating at the little fall. Inistioge bridge *One of the superstitions related to bridges is that certain types of faeries cannot cross a river. A funny story related to this, there is a superstition of areas of ground called 'fóidín mearaí', these areas have been put under a spell by the faeries. When you step on this ground you loose all sense of direction and time, the faeries then could take advantage of this might lead you away.
A "true account" I read in a book of local history was of a man leaving a "visiting house" (an open house where music was played and poitin was drunk) his wife left before him and he took a shortcut to catch up with her. He walked through the 'fóidín mearaí' and woke up the next morning about 10 miles away at the foot of a bridge, because the faeries could not cross the bridge. : D
Posted by Paz at 8:31 PM