O Briens Bridg-Town

Artist(s) : Thomas Dineley (Draughtsman)

View of the village of O'Brien's Bridge, Co. Clare, seen from across the River Shannon. In the foreground, on the near bank, is pasted a fragment of printed plate representing an agitated crowd. In the water behind them, there is a boat with two people aboard. The heads of several hounds and a deer emerge from the water nearby, as they swim against the current. A long bridge leads to the village, where one of the several buildings is marked with the letter T, and identified in the annexed key as belonging to the Earl of Inchiquin; it is mansarded and appears to be buttressed or to have five external partitions. In the midst of the main cluster of houses there is a trade sign, possibly for an inn. The image is surrounded by an oval frame.

Inscribed in Image

  • Caption within boundaries of image –
    O Briens Bridg-Town
  • Text within boundaries of image –
    Shannon River / Shannon
  • Text outside of boundaries of image –
    T The House of the Earle of Inchiquin

Image Details

Genre Townscape
Technique Collages, Engravings, Pen and ink drawings
Subject(s) Cities and towns
Geographical Location
  • O'Brien's Bridge - Village
  • Clare - County
  • Munster - Province
Keywords(s) Boats, Bridges, Buildings, Cabins, Crowds, Deer, Dogs, Mansions, People, Rivers
Colour Monochrome
Dimensions 8.5 cm x 6.8 cm
Published / created 1681

Bibliographical Details

Travel Account Observations in a Voyage through the Kingdom of Ireland
Print or manuscript Manuscript
Location of image in copy p. 212
Source copy National Library of Ireland MS 392
Rights Courtesy of the National Library of Ireland

Related text from travel account

From Knockannaneene to Obriens Bridge Town is a mile and half.

— Manet sub Jove frigido
Venator, tenerae coniugis inmemor;
Seu visa est catulis cerva fidelibus,
Seu rupit teretes Marsus aper plagas. HOR. lib. I, Ode I.

[p. 213]
In Fields the Hunter on the coldest day,
Forgetfull of his tender wife doth stay:
Whither his faithfull dogs have viewed the Hinde.
Or, Marsian Bore rush through the toyles untwinede.

Two miles from hence is the Bishoprick and ancient city of Killaloo.
This Bridge parteth ye County of Tipperary and Clare
Within a mile and three quarters of Obriens Bridge is seen the Ruines of a very ancient Building called CASTLE CONNEL built by King John.
A fair view of it is seen on ye left hand returning for Limerick from O Briens Town from whence to
PARTEENE is 5 miles, this is a small Town adjoining to the famous Salmon Wire belonging to the City of Limerick […] [pp. 212-213]
O Briens Bridg-Town