Conn O’Neill’s bridge is a minute’s walk off the Beersbridge Road, and we’ve been passing by in ignorance for years. Belfast is full of hidden history like this, often equally neglected-looking - remcovanstraten pulled some cardboard out of the river before making these photos. Some say it’s the oldest surviving structure in Belfast, but it actually dates to the 18th century - regardless, it’s safe to say that many feet have crossed these cobbles.
The name ties it to an older history, that of the O’Neills. Conn himself, the Lord of Upper Clandeboye and the Great Ards, was the last to live at the family seat of Castle Reagh. It’s funny how these names - Castlereagh, Beersbridge and so forth - trip off our tongues with the stories behind them often unknown or forgotten, but with a little research, a whole world opens up, and “Connswater” is more than just the name of our local shopping centre.
"Using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" — the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth exist in the habitable zone of stars other than our sun."
Nice! Getting closer to finding our “Twin Earth..”