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The development of roads continued throughout the early 19th century until the arrival of the railways which became the dominant form of land transport from the s—s onwards.
The development of the internal combustion engine and of motorised vehicles led to increases in traffic on roads, which were developed and improved as a result. Ireland's roads have continued to develop and improve up to the present day. Various development programmes have successively increased the number of motorways and dual carriageways within the national roads network while other roads have had their surfaces and signposting improved. The night of Conn's birth were discovered five principal roads leading to Teamhair, which were never observed till then.
In reality, "the ancient road system such as it was — there cannot have been a developed national system fanned out not from Tara but from Dublin. It is important to remember that unlike, for example, Roman roads, these medieval routes were not essentially physical entities—thin strips of land with physical boundaries; rather they were rights of way, sometimes with legal and traditional status. Routes tended to follow the line of least resistance, twisting and turning to avoid poorly drained areas and land that was easily overlooked. Where there was a hill to climb or a difficult area to pass through, multiple tracks would develop, the traveller taking the easiest route.
Routes may also have varied seasonally as changing weather affected the condition of the pathway. An early medieval Irish law tract ,  produced the first written details of different categories of roads that existed in Pre-Christian Pagan Ireland. It set out five types of road:. Conair and cai were general terms, given in Cormac's Glossary , for any type of road and "thirty-seven ancient roads [were] mentioned with the general name bealach ", meaning ' pass '.
Pre- Norman bridges were not built of stone: bridges were made of timber, sometimes supported by natural rock or on artificial piers. Toirdelbach Ua Briain was said to have built a wooden bridge across the Shannon at Killaloe in The Esker Riada Irish : Eiscir Riada is a system of ridges, or eskers , that stretches across the narrowest point of Ireland, between Dublin and Galway. Roads were not the most important transport routes in later medieval Ireland: most long-distance travel between towns was undertaken by sea or via inland waterways.
Road conditions were difficult, often dangerous, and long-distance travel by road was generally slow and uncomfortable. Giraldus Cambrensis gives an indication of the slowness of travel in 12th century Ireland, which he also describes as a "truly a desert land [i. Ireland extends from the Brandane mountains to the island of Columba, called Thorach, the length of eight good Irish days' journey, which is forty miles to the day; and from Dublin to St.
Patrick's hills and the sea of Connaught it is four such days' journey in breadth. Most tracks were not suitable for wheeled vehicles and pack animals were used to transport goods. Some attempts to improve routes were made in the Tudor period: "efforts were made to free main rivers of weirs that blocked transport, and military considerations accelerated road- and bridge-building, yet methods were somewhat unscientific and planning was haphazard. In , the Irish Parliament passed the Highways Act which required local parishes to maintain roads within their boundaries serving market towns.
The Act did not regulate the construction of new roads or bridges although it did encourage improvements to existing roads and the construction of new ones, especially roads linking market towns in the Ulster Plantation area. In , a new Act allowed for the levying of a tax "to ensure the repair, maintenance or reconstruction of bridges, fords or causeways. The difficulties encountered by travellers on 17th-century Irish roads are amply illustrated by extracts from contemporary accounts of journeys.
A military gentleman going from Newry to Downpatrick in recounts that The journey took two days. A few years later an account of the journey of a Scotsman through Ireland in and reflects the great difficulties which he encountered: Travelling in winter his horse constantly sank to its girths on the boggy roads, and his saddles and saddlebags were destroyed. Often he had to cross streams by swimming his horse, a dangerous procedure for, as he tells us, in five months he has foundered six horses. From such accounts it may be deduced that in general whatever roads and tracks did exist at this time were quite unfit for use by any form of wheeled vehicle.
In , new legislation gave county Grand Juries the power to " The presentment system of funding roads lasted until and it was successful in providing Ireland with a system of public roads which English travellers such as Arthur Young commented favourably on:. New roads had to be at least 30 feet 9.
In , maintenance contracts, allowing for regular maintenance, were established. Taylor and Skinner's Maps of the Roads of Ireland was first published in , with a second, revised edition in It provided detailed strip maps of the principal roads along with other topographical details. From , a network of turnpike roads charging tolls was built: "a turnpike was a primitive form of turnstile — a gate across the road, opened on payment of a toll. The average length of a turnpike road was 30 miles". Routes to and from Dublin were developed initially and the network spread throughout the country.
Turnpikes operated between and when the extensive railway network made them increasingly unpopular. Lack of traffic on some routes led to reduced toll income and maintenance was neglected. However, in the first quarter of the 19th century, mail-coach contracts increased income and the quality of turnpike roads improved. Turnpike roads were also used by horse-drawn carriage services, including the Bianconi coaches , established as a form of public transport by Charles Bianconi in By , there were around 1, miles of turnpike roads in Ireland but this had fallen to miles by when competition from the railways made many turnpike roads unprofitable.
By , turnpike roads in Ireland had been abolished. Apart from roads themselves, traces of the turnpike roads exist physically as milestones and other features: there is a former toll-booth 18th or 19th-century at Saint Luke's Cross in Cork. Some Irish placenames reflect the turnpike system: there are areas of Cork called Dublin Pike and Kerry Pike as in turnpike and the area at the junction of the N75 and the R old N8 in County Tipperary is called Turnpike.
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