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
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
Appraisal 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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