THIS IS KNOWN AS THE LIVING BRIDGE – LIMERICK UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
The Living Bridge is a pedestrian bridge across the River Shannon linking the University of Limerick’s premises in County Limerick and County Clare.
The bridge was designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects to provide social and cultural space to encourage pedestrians to rest a while as they cross along the gently curved structure. At this point on the Shannon it is wide and shallow with many wooded islands which provide varied views and support for the piers. The deck is supported by two underslung catenary cables.
Financed through a Public-private partnership, construction was undertaken by Eiffel Constructions Metalliques and completed in November 2007 at a cost of €12 million. At 350 metres it is the longest pedestrian bridge in Ireland.