Another learned visitor was the Jesuit intellectual and poet Gerard Manley Hopkins who is the subject of an annual summer school in the town. Monasterevin seems to have had more industry in its hey-day than any other town of its size. It was certainly a strategic place on the country’s transport systems with main road, rail and canal structures and railway engineering testifies to the intensive traffic generated by its brewing, distilling and milling industries. A community improvement scheme has created a small park with miniature structures in the space between the aqueduct and the rail bridge where thundering trains form an impressive backdrop to the heritage of transport engineering features. Locals say that from a given point twelve bridges can be counted within the precincts of Monasterevin. How many can you spot as you cross the aqueduct? Lifting Bridge Former canalside warehouses 43 THE BARROW LINE