A LUAS TRAM CROSSING THE SEAN HEUSTON BRIDGE [RED LINE TRAM SERVICE]
The bridge has an overall width of just under 9 meters and I must admit that I like it.
My Grandmother always referred to this as Kingsbridge and as a result I always have difficulty remembering that it is currently the Seán Heuston Bridge.
Seán Heuston Bridge is a cast-iron bridge spanning the River Liffey beside Heuston Station. It was previously named King’s Bridge and Sarsfield Bridge – and the bridge and adjacent train station are still commonly referred to by older Dubliners as “Kings Bridge” and “Kings Bridge Station” respectively. Previously used for road traffic, the bridge now carries pedestrian and Luas (tram) traffic.
Originally designed by George Papworth to carry horsedrawn traffic, the foundation stone was laid on 12 December 1827. The iron castings for the bridge were produced at the Royal Phoenix Iron Works in nearby Parkgate Street. Construction was completed in 1828, and the bridge was opened with the name Kings Bridge to commemorate a visit by King George IV in 1821.
In 1923 the bridge was renamed as Sarsfield Bridge and in 1941 it was again renamed as the Seán Heuston Bridge for Seán Heuston, who was executed for his part in the 1916 Easter Rising.
After the Frank Sherwin Bridge was opened nearby in the 1980s, Seán Heuston Bridge was no longer used to carry road traffic. It was restored in 2003 and now carries Luas tram traffic on the red line.