Droichead Uí Chonaill
O'Connell Bridge viewed from upstream
|Other name(s)||Carlisle Bridge|
|Material||Granite, portland stone|
|Width||~50m (~47m between parapets)|
|No. of spans||3|
|Construction start||1791 (reconstruction commenced 1877)|
|Construction end||1794 (reconstruction completed 1882)|
Originally humped, and narrower, Carlisle bridge was a symmetrical, three semicircular arch structure constructed in granite with a Portland stone balustrade and obelisks on each of the four corners. A keystone head at the apex of the central span symbolises the River Liffey, corresponding to the heads on the Custom House (also designed by James Gandon) which personify the other great rivers of Ireland.
Since 1860, (following similar work on Essex Bridge – now Grattan Bridge), to improve the streetscape and relieve traffic congestion on the bridge, it was intended to widen Carlisle Bridge to bring it to the same width as 70 metres (230 ft) wide Sackville Street (now O'Connell Street) which formed the north side carriageway connection to the Bridge. Between 1877 and 1880 the bridge was reconstructed and widened. As can be seen on orthophotography  it spans now 45 m of the Liffey and is about 50 m wide.
In recent years, the lamps that graced the central island have been restored to their five lantern glory. In 2004, a pair of pranksters installed a plaque on the bridge dedicated to Father Pat Noise, which remained unnoticed until May 2006, and was still there as of June 2020.
In popular cultureEdit
- Ronald C. Cox, Michael H. Gould (1998). Ireland – Civil Engineering Heritage. Telford. p. 41. ISBN 9780727726278.
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