METAL BIRD AT O’BRIEN’S BRIDGE IN GALWAY
Unfortunately I have failed to identify the artist responsible for this metal sculpture.
Bridge street crosses the River Corrib via O’Briens Bridge and this metal sculpture of a fishing bird is located behind St. Martin’s Bed & Breakfast.
The first bridge over the Corrib was the “West Bridge”, where O’Brien’s Bridge is today. The town side of the bridge was heavily fortified, and it was here, on an arch that the legend “From the ferocious O’Flahertys O Lord deliver us” was carved [that’s the claim].
The official name for the bridge is the William O’Brien Bridge: Spanning the Corrib, this handsome bridge is a significant landmark in the townscape. With its fine limestone work, contrasting tooled and rock-faced stone and imposing piers, this bridge displays keen attention to detail and is an important link between the north and south sides of the city. The bridge is a significant example of Galway’s urban development during the nineteenth century.