A new Youghal bridge crosses the Blackwater River but what is to be done with the old dilapidated bridge.

The old bridge connecting Waterford and Cork has been there since 1888. While Waterford County Council is anxious to take down the old bridge the cost of demolition has become prohibitive.

The embarrassing bridge as it came to be known by councils who fought to replace it for over 20 years.

Charles Curran, Chairman of Waterford County Council, explains how the bridge has become an embarrassment. There is strong support in Waterford for removing it by those who believe the dilapidated bridge has become an eyesore.

The people of Youghal, on the other hand, would be disappointed to see the old bridge go according to Paddy Lenihan, a member of Youghal Urban Council. He describes the bridge as a useful spot for anglers and cyclists.

Captain Pat Walsh, Harbour Master explains how fishermen believe that they could improve their catches if the bridge was removed.

This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 12 January 1965. The reporter is Bill O'Herlihy.