Bessbrook

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An Sruthan — The Brook

Bessbrook still has many traces of the 'model' village shaped by a Quaker linen manufacturer, John Grubb Richardson around the middle of the 19th century. Its founder believed that alcohol was the main cause of poverty and crime and decided that Bessbrook had no need for licensed premises, a pawn shop or a police station.

Nearby is the 18 arch Craigmore Viaduct which sweeps across the valley of the Camlough River. The highest arch is 126ft making it the highest viaduct in Ireland. It now carries the rail link between Belfast and Dublin.