BOARDWALK ALONG THE GRAND CANAL NEAR LEESON STREET BRIDGE
Even though I know the area well I was unaware of this boardwalk at the Leeson Street end of Charlemont Place.
PAINT-A-BOX STREET ART AT MATT TALBOT BRIDGE
The Talbot Memorial Bridgeis a road bridge spanning the River Liffey in Dublin city centre in Ireland. Completed in 1978, it is 22 metres (72 feet) wide, and was designed by De Leuw, Chadwick and O’hEocha Consulting Engineers.
The bridge links Memorial Road (and Custom House Quay) on the north bank of the river to Moss Street (and City Quay) on the south bank. Memorial Road was named in commemoration of those members of the Dublin Brigade who died during the Irish War of Independence – notably those who died in a raid on the nearby Custom House.
The “Talbot” reference in the bridge’s name is in remembrance of Matt Talbot. Talbot was a temperance campaigner from Dublin’s Northside, a statue of whom stands at the south end of the bridge.
THE FAMOUS HALFPENNY BRIDGE AT SUNSET
Originally called the Wellington Bridge (after the Dublin-born Duke of Wellington – my mother’s family are from Trim and claim that Wellington was in fact born in that town), the name of the bridge changed to Liffey Bridge. The Liffey Bridge remains the bridge’s official name to this day, although it is most commonly referred to as the Ha’penny Bridge.
In 2001 the number of pedestrians using the bridge on a daily basis was 27,000 and, given these traffic levels, a structural survey indicated that renovation was required. The bridge was closed for repair and renovations during 2001 and was reopened in December 2001, sporting its original white colour.
The structure was rebuilt to retain many of its old components, although, controversially, some features were removed. The repair work was carried out by Harland and Wolff.
In 2012, citing a maintenance and damage risk, Dublin City Council removed a number of love locks from the Ha’penny Bridge and nearby Millennium Bridge, and asked people not to add any more. In 2013 the council removed over 300 kg of locks from the bridge, and signage was added asking people not to put padlocks on the bridge.