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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