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Rory O'More Bridge (Droichead Ruaraí Uí Mhóra)

Rory O'More Bridge (Droichead Ruaraí Uí Mhóra)

Primary Photographer(s): Bob Dover

Bridge Documented: February 20, 2014

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Facility Carried / Feature Intersected
Watling Street and Ellis Street Over River Liffey (An Life)
Dublin (Baile Átha Cliath): Leinster (Laighin): Ireland (Éire)
Construction Date and Builder / Engineer
1858 By Builder/Contractor: Robert Daglish Junior and St. Helens Foundry of Lancashire, England
Rehabilitation Date
Not Available or Not Applicable
Main Span Length
Not Available
Structure Length
95.0 Feet (29 Meters)
Roadway Width
Not Available
1 Main Span(s)
Inventory Number
Not Applicable

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This is a graceful example of a cast iron arch bridge.

Bob Dover provided the following comments:
This is a beautiful, open-spandrel cast iron arch bridge.  The bridge is a lovely light blue color, and the geometric spaces within the open spandrel are highlighted in white.  The arch also has lettering cast into it, which is also highlighted in white.  The lettering reads “Robert Daclish Jun. St. Helens Foundry Lancashire 1858”.

Official Heritage Listing Information and Findings

Rating: Regional


Reg. Number: 50060353

Single-span cast-iron road bridge spanning River Liffey, erected 1858-61. Cast-iron structure comprising seven I-section beams with cross-bracing between, pierced spandrels and parapets. Cast lettering incorporated on west elevation: 'Robert Daglish Junr St Helens Foundry Lancashire 1858'. Wrought-iron decking. Ashlar granite abutments with cornice and panelled piers having shallow in-stepped pyramidal caps. Eastern end includes bronze Catholic Emancipation centenary commemorative plaque: 'Saoirse Chreidimh 1829-1929', set in cast concrete pier.

A fine mid-nineteenth-century single-span cast-iron bridge, erected to designs by George Halpin to provide an improved vehicular link over the Liffey between Victoria Quay and Usher's Quay in the south to Wolfe Tone Quay and Sarsfield Quay in the north. Technically, it displays the innovative qualities of cast iron as a material capable of connecting both sides of the river in a single span. Along with a number of other bridges over the Liffey, it remains a prominent and functional city landmark, contributing to the architectural and transport heritage of Dublin, and representative of the growth and expansion of the Victorian city.


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