Here are some of the 3-arch stone bridges which grace Dublin’s River Liffey.
Constructed under British rule in the 18th and 19th centuries, they would have replaced older river crossings. Like most bridges spanning the river, they were named after British royalty or Ireland’s Lord Lieutenant of the time. After the declaration of the Free State in 1922, such bridges were renamed to honour national heroes from the fight for independence (nowadays, bridges names tend to reflect our literary heritage) .
Mellows Bridge –Old man of the River – was constructed between 1764 -1768 and is the longest surviving structure of all the Liffey bridges in the city.
When Richmond Bridge was completed in 1816, the fact that it was wider (at almost 15 metres) than any bridge in London was highly revered! Since 1922, it has been named for the nationalist hero, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa.
O’Connell Bridge marks the very heart of the city. But that’s not its only claim to fame – at circa 45m long and 50m wide, it’s the only traffic bridge in Europe that is wider than it is long!
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A few of the more recent Liffey bridges are interesting but I love these…
That’s a great idea for a trios post! And with three bridges you’ve given us a trio of trios 😁
A nonet!!!😅 😂
If I close my eyes and remember the few times I’ve walked across the Halfpenny Bridge knowing that in a few minutes I’ll be washed away by the revelry of Temple Bar, I have two instant memory flashes. 1) A tingle of excitement and 2) oh for God’s sake it’s p*ssing down again….!
😅 😂😅 😂
I love the Halfpenny Bridge…even in bad weather!!!!
Interesting old bridges and I didn’t know the history of the change of names. Like most people I’m only familiar with O’Connell Bridge as when I’ve been in Dublin I tended to linger in the heart of the city.
As they continue to regenerate along the river, it’s turning into a very attractive walk in both directions from O’Connell Bridge. But that is still really THE landmark spot…
My old hunting grounds! I love all the bridges over the Liffey from Chapelizod to the sea.
I bet it’s a while since you’ve seen them….Have you been to Dublin since the start of Covid?
Only once, Marie, but my visit was very brief. I lived in Smithfield, in an apartment right across from the Jameson Distillery for many years and always chose to walk to Dublin city centre along the River Liffey. There was always something exciting to see along the way…
And you gave all that up for Sligo!!!
Thank you for this wonderful trio of bridges. It brings back fond memories of my visits to Dublin.
Ah good – it’s a lovely city… well at least I think so!!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. XXXMarie
These types of bridges are the most photogenic I think and love the reflections in the water 🙂
Needless to say, the majority of the thousands who pass them and cross them each day don’t even notice them!
They don’t have our appreciation Marie 😬
I think we’re all guilty of taking our everyday surroundings for granted aren’t we… Although there’s no doubt but that Covid has opened our eyes a bit…