Frank Sherwin Bridge

Frank Sherwin Bridge (Irish: Droichead Phroinsias Uí Shearbháin)[2] is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland.[3] It joins St. John's Road and the south quays from Heuston Station to Wolfe Tone Quay and Parkgate Street on the Northside.

Frank Sherwin Bridge

Droichead Phroinsias Uí Shearbháin
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View of Frank Sherwin Bridge from Seán Heuston Bridge
Coordinates53°20′50″N 6°17′28″W / 53.3472°N 6.2910°W / 53.3472; -6.2910Coordinates: 53°20′50″N 6°17′28″W / 53.3472°N 6.2910°W / 53.3472; -6.2910
CrossesRiver Liffey
DesignGirder bridge (concrete)
MaterialReinforced concrete
Total length50m
No. of spans3
DesignerDublin Corporation (Road Design Division)
Constructed byIrishenco Ltd[1]

Designed within Dublin Corporation's "Road Design Division", the bridge is a three-span reinforced concrete structure.[4]

Frank Sherwin Bridge was opened in 1982 to remove traffic from the much older and narrower Sean Heuston Bridge as part of an extended traffic management project on Dublin's quays.[5] This resulted in reversing the direction of the one-way system on the quays to north quays eastbound/south quays westbound. (Prior to the bridge's opening, the south quays carried all eastbound traffic. Traffic coming eastbound from Parkgate Street ran via Benburb Street and Mellowes Bridge. Westbound traffic heading towards St. John's Road West would cross from the north quays via Rory O'Moore Bridge onto Victoria Quay, which had two-way traffic until the Sherwin Bridge opened. Sean Heuston Bridge had weight restrictions that prohibited truck and/or bus traffic.)

The bridge was named for Dublin politician Frank Sherwin.[6]


  1. ^ "Frank Sherwin Bridge - Design & Engineering". Bridges of Dublin. Dublin City Council. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  2. ^ "Droichead Phroinsias Uí Shearbháin / Frank Sherwin Bridge". - Database of Placenames' Commission. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  3. ^ Frank Sherwin Bridge at Structurae
  4. ^ "Frank Sherwin Bridge". Bridges of Dublin. Dublin City Council. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
  5. ^ Project history of Dublin's River Liffey bridges (PDF). Bridge Engineering 156 Issue BE4 (Report). Phillips & Hamilton.
  6. ^ "Text of speech by the Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at launch of Frank Sherwin's biography". Department of the Taoiseach. 7 November 2006.
View of Frank Sherwin Bridge (white rails) from Seán Heuston Bridge (gold rails). In the distance are Rory O'More Bridge (blue) and James Joyce Bridge (white)