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James Joyce Bridge (Irish: Droichead James Joyce[1]) is a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland, joining the south quays to Blackhall Place on the north side.

James Joyce Bridge

Droichead James Joyce
James Joyce Bridge - looking downstream
James Joyce Bridge - looking downstream
Coordinates53°20′48″N 6°16′57″W / 53.34667°N 6.2825°W / 53.34667; -6.2825Coordinates: 53°20′48″N 6°16′57″W / 53.34667°N 6.2825°W / 53.34667; -6.2825
CarriesRoad and pedestrian traffic
CrossesRiver Liffey
DesignTied-arch bridge
MaterialSteel, glass
Total length40m
No. of spans1
DesignerSantiago Calatrava
Constructed byIrishenco, Harland and Wolff
Opened16 June 2003 (Bloomsday)
James Joyce Bridge is located in Central Dublin
James Joyce Bridge
James Joyce Bridge
Location in Central Dublin

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, it is a single-span structural steel design, 40 m (131 ft) long, with the deck supported from two outward angled arches.[2]

The bridge was built by Irishenco Construction, using pre-fabricated steel sections from Harland and Wolff of Belfast.[2]

The bridge is named for the famous Dublin author James Joyce, and was opened on 16 June 2003 (Bloomsday).[3] Joyce's short story "The Dead" is set in Number 15 Usher's Island,[4] the house facing the bridge on the south side.[5]


  1. ^ "Droichead James Joyce / James Joyce Bridge". Irish Placenames Commission. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  2. ^ a b Project history of Dublin's River Liffey bridges (PDF). Bridge Engineering 156 Issue BE4 (Report). Phillips & Hamilton.
  3. ^ "Bloomsday sees James Joyce Bridge open". Irish Times. 16 June 2003.
  4. ^ "James Joyce House - 15 Usher's Island Dublin". Archived from the original on 6 February 2007.
  5. ^ "James Joyce Bridge". Archived from the original on 25 July 2010.

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Detail of the bridge. 15 Usher's Island is the redbrick house obscured by the arch.