As already mentioned, I visited Sir John Rogerson’s Quay as I had expected to see the USS Mesa Verde docked here but unfortunately it was elsewhere and it was in a restricted location.
The P61 was completed and floated out of the shipyard in November 2013, delivered in April 2014 and commissioned for service in May 2014 The vessel was “twinned” with Cork city in a ceremony held on 7 June 2014.
In late 2015 Samuel Beckett was deployed to the Mediterranean as part of Ireland’s contribution to the humanitarian response to the European migrant crisis.
During the ship’s cruise, more than 1,000 migrants were rescued. In one event, 111 people were rescued in a United Nations operation off the coast of Libya.
The vessel was redeployed to the area in 2016, and on 17 November 2016 rescued 50 migrants who were on a rubber boat 25 Nautical Miles North-west of Tripoli. This brought the number of migrants rescued by the Samuel Beckett to 2310.
In March 2020 the Naval Service provided the vessel to the HSE as a testing centre to be docked at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay as part of Irish response to the coronavirus pandemic.
THE BRIDGE THAT LOOKS LIKE A HARP – SAMUEL BECKETT BRIDGE
One day I was standing at the tram stop at Jervis and I overheard a visitor asking people how to get to the Harp Bridge and all thought that she was trying to get to Guinness but I suspected that she may have been based in a hotel near the Samuel Beckett bridge and this proved to be the case … she could not remember the name of the hotel but knew that it was near a bridge that looked like a harp.
Architect Santiago Calatrava was the lead designer of the bridge. He was assisted with the civil and structural aspects of the design by Roughan & O’Donovan consulting engineers.
This was the second bridge in the area designed by Calatrava, the first being the James Joyce Bridge, which is further upriver.
Constructed by a “Graham Hollandia Joint Venture”, the main span of the Samuel Beckett Bridge is supported by 31 cable stays from a doubly back-stayed single forward arc tubular tapered spar, with decking provided for four traffic and two pedestrian lanes. It is also capable of opening through an angle of 90 degrees allowing ships to pass through. This is achieved through a rotational mechanism housed in the base of the pylon.
The shape of the spar and its cables is said to evoke an image of a harp lying on its edge. (The harp being the national symbol for Ireland from as early as the thirteenth century).
The steel structure of the bridge was constructed in Rotterdam by Hollandia, a Dutch company also responsible for the steel fabrication of the London Eye. The steel span of the bridge was transferred from the Hollandia wharf in Krimpen aan den IJssel on 3 May 2009, with support from specialist transport company ALE Heavylift.
The bridge, which cost €60 million, is named for Irish writer Samuel Beckett. It was officially opened to pedestrians on 10 December 2009 and to road traffic at 7 am the following day.
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WINTER LIGHTS AT THE SAMUEL BECKETT BRIDGE – CHRISTMAS LIGHT SHOW CREATED BY LOCAL COMMUNITY
I used an iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Earlier this month Winter Lights returned to seventeen locations throughout Dublin city with new artwork commissioned for four of the seventeen displays but I did not get the opportunity to view any of them until the weekend before Christmas.
City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 (community created artworks) Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8 (community created artworks) Covanta Dublin Waste to Energy Plant, Poolbeg, Dublin 4 The Custom House, North Dock, Dublin 1 The GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 The Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 (community created artworks) The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 Smithfield Square, Dublin 7 Trinity College Dublin, College Green, Dublin 2 The Mater Hospital (community created artworks)
Millennium Bridge O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 Parliament Street, Dublin 2 Samuel Beckett Bridge (community created artworks) Capital Dock The Jeanie Johnston Ship CHQ Triumphal Arch